Location: Wexford, IE
Season: July 12, 2020 to August 8, 2020
Application Deadline: April 3, 2020
Deadline Type: Rolling
Institute for Field Research, Connecticut College, Irish Archaeology Field School
Dr. Stephen Mandal, Dr. Denis Shine
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 uncovered significant evidence of the fortifications 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: Historical Archaeology
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Participants must stay entire duration of the field school.
Minimum Age: 18
Experience Required: No prior experience required.
Room and Board Arrangements:
Students will stay with local families in the County of Wexford. Home Stay students live with local families, and experience true home life in provincial Ireland. Students will be brought to the site daily. Students should understand that many of the host families are in rural settings, requiring taxis to reach the town of Wexford. Breakfast and dinner will be provided along with a packed lunch. Students are encouraged to avail of their free time at weekends and explore Ireland.
8 Semester Credits credits offered by Connecticut College. Tuition is $4,500.
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