Location: Ferrycarrig, WX, IE
Season: January 5, 2020 to February 1, 2018
Application Deadline: December 1, 2017
Deadline Type: Rolling
Institute for Field Research, Irish Archaeology Field School, Connecticut College
Dr. Denis Shine and Dr. Stephen Mandel
Built in 1,169 CE, Ferrycarrig is crucial to our understanding of the earliest stages of the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland. Probably one of the first permanent Norman fortifications to be built in Ireland, the site comprised a ringwork castle placed on a natural promontory overlooking the River Slaney and Wexford town. Today, the bank and ditch are all that remain above the ground but archaeological excavations in the 1980’s and our own work in winter 2018 uncovered significant evidence of the fortifications and original 13th century structures preserved below ground.
Ferrycarrig is located within the Irish National Heritage Park, an open-air museum which recreates the key stages in Ireland’s past, providing a stunning backdrop to the archaeological research site. Students will be exposed not only to archaeological investigation at the site but also to the many and myriad ways by which the public is presented, view and interpret the archaeological record.
Period(s) of Occupation: Medieval Period (Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland)
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: No prior experience required
Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will be housed in Homestay accommodation, coordinated by a local provider. Students will therefore be housed with local families on a full board basis. This has the added advantage of providing a genuine culturally enriching experience for the students, as well as providing an economic benefit to the local community. As noted, homestay accommodation will include meals, including a packed lunch. Tea breaks are also held during the morning, with students assigned in rotation to prepare the tea for the group. All students will receive instruction on hygiene on site as part of their induction.
12 quarter/8 semester credits credits offered by Connecticut College . Tuition is $4,685.
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