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Kieran O’Conor to Present Second Lecture in Archaeology Lecture Series

National University of Ireland professor to speak October 4

29 September, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Kieran O’Conor, professor of archaeology at the National University of Ireland, Galway, will present “Elite Settlement in Gaelic Ireland, 1169-1350 AD” on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 105 of Scovel Hall (944 College Mall).

O’Conor will examine what ‘Gaelic Ireland’ means in the period from the arrival of the Normans in 1169 to the middle of the 14th century. Large parts of Ireland during this period remained in some way under the control of native Irish princes and lords. Using evidence from excavations and other fieldwork, this lecture will examine the nature of native Irish elite settlement in the period under review and will argue that while there was change, continuity from the pre-Norman early medieval period was seen too.

Also to be discussed will be the lack of identifiable timber and masonry castles in Gaelic Ireland during these years, the late use of crannogs and ringforts, the Irish adoption of some moated sites as princely residences, native agricultural and military practices and the deliberate use of the past by members of the indigenous elite for contemporary political purposes. Comparisons with Anglo-Norman Ireland will be made and the historiography of the study of the archaeology of medieval Gaelic Ireland will also be alluded to.

This lecture should be of interest to Irish-Americans as it is clear that so many of their ancestors arriving in America during the 19th century (and later) were Irish speaking, and thus descended from the indigenous inhabitants of medieval Ireland. There were also similarities between Gaelic Ireland and the Highlands during the medieval period, so there is a connection to those of Scottish descent.

O’Conor’s lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Program in Archaeology, the Cultural Events Committee, and the local chapter of Lambda Alpha National Honorary Society. There will be an open reception with beverages and snacks after the presentation in the foyer outside the lecture room.

Additional information is available by phone 330-263-2474 or email.