Archaeology of Modern Ireland — Skibbereen

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Location: Skibbereen Heritage Centre(Ionad Oidhreachta an Sciobairín), Marsh, Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland

Season: May 27, 2023 to July 1, 2023

Session Dates: May 27 - July 1, 2023

Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

Deadline Type: Exact Date


Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

University of Maryland, College Park

Project Director:
Dr. Stephen Brighton

Project Description:

This summer’s Applied Field Program will explore the material history of the modern Ireland in Skibbereen, County Cork. Skibbereen is located 51 miles (82 km) southwest of Cork City. It became infamous as a metaphor for the impacts and horrific sufferings of the Great Starvation. Skibbereen is ideal due to its commitment to collecting Ireland’s rich heritage through the Skibbereen Heritage Centre.

Through archaeological investigations, archival research, and interviews with local historians of the Skibbereen Heritage Centre and members of the community, you will receive extensive and intensive experience learning the importance and meaning of material culture as it relates to the larger study of the Irish Diaspora and socio-cultural change in Ireland over time. This will form the foundation for a comparable database to model and interpret the diverse worlds and experiences of Irish immigrants internationally.

All students are welcome to apply. Students will earn 6 credits for participating. Students will be in the field daily and no previous archaeological experience is necessary. This is an excellent way to learn about Irish history, culture, and heritage.

Period(s) of Occupation: 1800s-1900s

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Experience Required: No experience required.

Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will stay at Abbey Farm Holiday Homes, self-catering apartments with kitchens and shared bedrooms.

Academic Credit:
6 credits

Contact Information:

Stephen Brighton

Phone: +1 (301) 405-3700

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