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Castles and Fortresses of the Gaelic Lordship of Moylurg

Location: Rockingham, Roscommon, Ireland

July 10, 2016 to August 6, 2016

Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 1, 2016

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school
Staff position



Saint Louis University and the American Institute of Irish Archaeology

Project Director:

Thomas Finan, PhD, RPA, FSA, Saint Louis University

Project Description

The 2016 AIIA Field School will run for four weeks in the month of July.  The field school will offer students the experience of working with an archaeological research project that will use a variety of field methods to explore the medieval lordship of Moylurg in north County Roscommon, Ireland.

In 2016 students will learn the basics of field survey, including field planning and surveying using total stations and GPS systems.  They will use a number of geophysical surveying tools, including electrical resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and geoarchaeological lab studies.  In the second week of the program students will be introduced to archaeological excavation, from pre-excavation preparation to excavation to post-excavation analysis.

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 2016 are set at $2700, 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 April 1, 2016, or until student positions are filled, whichever comes first.  A deposit of $1000 secures student position, with full fees due on April 15, 2016.

Period(s) of Occupation: Medieval

An American archaeological field school in Ireland. This ongoing field survey and excavation examines the rich and complex history and archaeology of one of the major Gaelic lordships of medieval Ireland, the MacDermot of Moylurg. Our first two seasons of field work have revealed a number of rich sites for exploration, including a moated site, several agricultural settlements, and island fortifications. Our work in 2016 will focus on the moated site of Rockingham, noted in the Annals of Connacht as one of the only recorded sieges in medieval Ireland.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
No experience is required. We are accepting applications for graduate students to serve as site supervisors.

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

Please also note that as of right now the precise dates for the field school have not been set.


Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Saint Louis University
Number of credits offered 6
Tuition fees not available at this time


Contact Information
Thomas Finan
Department of History, Saint Louis University
Saint Louis