SS116 The Archaeological Heritage of Ireland

Ireland’s archaeological heritage is one of the richest in Western Europe. The development of Irish Society down through the ages can be seen in the great Neolithic monuments of the Boyne valley such as Newgrange and Knowth and also in the wealth of bronze implements and gold ornaments of the succeeding Bronze Age. The Celtic Iron Age is represented by sites like Tara, Co. Meath, and the great stone forts of Dún Aenghusa on the Aran Islands and Aileach in Donegal. From the early Christian Period, monastic ruins and high crosses survive at sites such as Clonmacnoise while the finds from Dublin tell us of the Viking raids and settlement. Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles and abbeys represent the early medieval heritage and Galway, itself an Anglo-Norman foundation, provides an immediate and local wealth of sites and features dating from the later medieval period.

The course, outlining the archaeological heritage of Ireland from its beginnings, about 8000 B.C., to the early Medieval period, will be particularly suitable for students majoring in Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology or History. The lectures will be fully illustrated throughout, with field trips to several relevant prehistoric and historic locations.



Director, Carleton Jones, M.A., Ph.D  

Carleton Jones received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. For several seasons he directed a survey and excavation project focussed on the prehistoric landscape of the Burren in Co. Clare. This work was supported by the Heritage Council and Royal Irish Academy. He has published several papers on his research and has also published two books, ‘The Burren and the Aran Islands – Exploring the Archaeology’ and ‘Temples of Stone – Exploring the Megalithic Tombs of Ireland’.


Sam Moore, B.A.

Sam Moore is an archaeologist with a keen interest in Irish prehistory. He has written or contributed to a number of articles, books and guides, and has considerable archaeological excavation and survey experience. Sam has been lecturing in archaeology at degree and diploma level at NUI Galway and the Institute of Technology, Sligo for the last six years. His main interest lies in the landscape and human interaction with it and the biography or ‘life-history’ of monuments.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees:
€2,010 (Euro)

€1,160 (Family Guesthouse - sharing)
- with Irish breakfast 
- €150 single supplement

€850 (Student Residences)
- without breakfast
- single occupancy

Further Information

For further information applicants should contact:

Programme Administrator
Summer School Office
NUI Galway
Tel: +353 91 495442                                                                                                                             
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