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Location: Rockingham, RC, IE
Season: July 4, 2021 to July 31, 2021
Application Deadline: May 31, 2021
Deadline Type: Rolling
Saint Louis University
Thomas Finan, PhD, RPA, FSA Associate Professor of History Saint Louis University
IMPORTANT NOTICE: WE PLAN ON HAVING A 2021 FIELD SCHOOL, BUT THIS IS DEPENDENT UPON THE GLOBAL COVID SITUATION, AND THE READY AVAILABILITY OF COVID VACCINES TO ALL PARTICIPANTS.
Research in the summer of 2021 will focus on the Rock of Lough Key, a multi-period island castle of the MacDermot lords. This castle was the site of one of two documented sieges in medieval Ireland.
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 2021 are set at $3000, 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, 2021, or until student positions are filled, whichever comes first. A deposit of $2000 secures student position, with full fees due on March 1, 2021.
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. Following our groundbreaking season of 2019 where we discovered extensive medieval remains for Gaelic lordly settlement, in 2021 will expand our excavations on the Rock of Lough Key, noted in the Annals of Connacht as one of the only recorded sieges in medieval Ireland.
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: No experience is required.
Room and Board Arrangements:
Students are housed in vacation cabins near the town of Knockvicar, Co Roscommon. Students cook meals for themselves in community with the staff. There are a number of pubs and eating establishments in the surrounding neighborhood. The cabins can be seen at http://riverhavenselfcatering.ie Cost: $3000 for four weeks
6 credits offered by Saint Louis University. Tuition: fees not available at this time.
Department of History, Saint Louis University
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