Topic ID #34443 - posted 1/14/2015 1:54 PM

[Ireland] Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora and Modern Ireland


Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora and Modern Ireland: Transnational Approaches to Identity, Heritage, and Memory

Archaeological Field School: May 30th – July 11th 2015


This summer, the University of Maryland is offering a six-week field school in historical archaeology in the Skibbereen area of County Cork, Ireland. The field school is part of a long-term sustainable historical archaeological research program delving into the dynamics of Ireland’s material world between 1750 and 1922. Currently little is known archaeologically about this dynamic period and current historical treatments do little to understand the social aspects and everyday lives of the common people. By placing this piece of Ireland’s history within a larger transnational framework, this project will serve to move the study of the Irish Diaspora forward, as well as the discourse in the larger scope of diaspora studies.


The 2015 field program will take place in the center of Skibbereen at a site known as “The Rock” and will focus on Famine-period housing. Work will be completed with the collaboration of the Skibbereen Heritage Centre and the Friends of the Rock community group. The aim of the field school is to actively uncover evidence demonstrating how the experiences of various Irish classes shaped and were shaped by their material world. Students will recover and interpret objects commonly used, cherished, and discarded by men, women, and children throughout their daily experiences. Over the course of the 6-week program, students will develop the theoretical and practical experience to contribute to the temporal, spatial, and material understanding of the traumatic social, economic, and political events, such as the Penal laws, Act of Union, the Great Starvation, forced dispersal, social and political uprisings, and civil war.


The field school will grant 6 academic credits through the University of Maryland and is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any university.


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Contact: Dr. Stephen A. Brighton at


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