ARP 2045 – From St Patrick to the Plantation: The Archaeology of Historic Ireland

Module Overview

This module examines the history of Ireland from the 5th to 17th centuries AD through the physical remains of the past rather than textual sources. Themes covered in this module include Early Christian crafts and settlements, the impact of the Vikings, the lordships of the Anglo-Normans and the problems of the later Middle Ages. The module includes a fieldtrip to some iconic medieval sites both north and south of the border.

Learning outcomes

You will gain an understanding of the key areas of archaeological evidence for the medieval period in Ireland, first-hand knowledge of relevant archaeological sites, an appreciation of the relationship between archaeological and documentary evidence, and an understanding of Ireland’s position in medieval Europe.


Module Co-ordinator: Dr Colm Donnelly

Other Contributor: Dr Patrick Gleeson


 (Image: Conor Island Sligo Neolithic coastal site – F. McCormick)