Location: Rockingham, Roscommon, Ireland
Excavations at the MacDermot Rockingham Moated Site in 2016 exceeded the expectations of the research staff, in that a significant amount of medieval material was discovered in the course of excavation in the ditch surrounding the moated site. Ongoing analysis of the data from the 2016 excavations will continue through 2016-17.
Research in the summer of 2017 will focus on surveying the wider Rockingham Estate, a seventeenth century plantation estate that essentially incorporates the medieval estate that was controlled by the MacDermot lords. Students will conduct extensive field surveys using GPS, GIS and aerial photography, and will collect the data within an online database. Limited excavation will take place at the Rockingham Moated Site in 2017.
Students will also tour a number of archaeological sites in the north Roscommon area, including the islands of Lough Key, Boyle Abbey, Roscommon Castle, Rindoon Castle, Cruachan, and Carrowkeel.
The fees for the 2017 are set at $1500, and cover room, partial board, and onsite transportation and equipment. Students are housed in log cabins near the site. Tuition and college credit are available through Saint Louis University for an additional fee. Airfare and transportation from Dublin to Carrick-on-Shanon, additional travel on weekends, and weekend meals are not included.
Applications for the project will be accepted until February 1, 2017, or until student positions are filled, whichever comes first. A deposit of $1000 secures student position, with full fees due on March 1, 2017.
Period(s) of Occupation: Medieval
Room and Board Arrangements
Students are housed in vacation cabins near the town of Knockvicar, Co Roscommon. Students cook meals for themselves in community. There are a number of pubs and eating establishments in the surrounding neighborhood. The cabins can be seen at http://riverhavenselfcatering.ie