ARCH06041 2019 EARLY MEDIEVAL AND VIKING IRELAND

General Details

Full Title
EARLY MEDIEVAL AND VIKING IRELAND
Transcript Title
EARLY MEDIEVAL AND VIKING IRE
Code
ARCH06041
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Chris Read, Shirley Markley
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology
Description

This course will cover the archaeology and history of the period dating from approximately 400AD-1100AD. Over this period, lasting only 700 hundred years, Ireland changed dramatically. It started with the Roman Empire's only major impact on Ireland, the introduction of Christianity and culminates with the invasion of the Vikings. The Early Medieval Period also heralds the arrival of the Historic Period in Ireland with the first written records. This has greatly influenced the interpretation of the archaeological record. Compared to the earlier Iron Age, the nature of the archaeological record changes dramatically. Population change, the impact of a new religion alongside native paganism, burial practices, material cutlure and new settlement types, such as Ireland's most common field monument, the Ringfort, are examined. The intrinsic importance of agricullture and economy to Early Medieval society is discussed as well as trade and exchange and crafts and technology. Viking raids, which eventually spawned the development of Viking towns and Ireland's first urban centres, reveal a rich archaeological record which continues to be studied today. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.
Discuss the major historical events of the period, their textual recording and their relationship to the archaeological record.
2.
Identify and categorise all relevant monument and site types from this period.
3.
Identify and categorise all relevant items of Early Medieval and Viking material culture.
4.
Demonstrate an awareness of the major archaeological and historical texts on this period.
5.
Analyse and critique texts relating to this period, expressing their views in oral and written form.
6.

Understand Early Medieval society, its relationship with agriculture and economy and its impact upon trade and technology

Module Assessment Strategies

Through the esaay, the student will develop research skills, including collating, presenting and writing relevant information, clearly and coherently to an academic and public audience. The field trip will allow the student to observe, record, understand and familiarise themselves with monuments, buildings and features in a practical hands-on manner which compliment and are relevant to the taught lectures while the exam will assess the student's overall learnt understanding of the module.

Module Dependencies

Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Week 1        Introduction

Week 2        Early Medieval Society Structure, Social and Political Organisation

Week 3        Development of Christianity and Native Paganism

Week 4        The Church (Forms, Physical Structures, Layout & Society)

Week 5        Development of Writing, Art & Sculpture

Week 6        Field Trip

Week 7        Death and Burial in Early Medieval Ireland

Week 8        Settlement and Settlement Types in Early Medieval Ireland

Week 9        Agriculture & Economy in Early Medieval Ireland

Week 10      Trade and Exchange, Crafts and Technology

Week 11       Material Culture

Week 12       The Vikings in Ireland (Edwards Chapter 8) and Viking Religion

Week 13       Viking and Hiberno-Norse Towns & Settlement (Excavation Record)

                   Guest Lecture     

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report Field Trip Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 6 2,6
2 Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 12 1,2,3,4,5,6
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,2,3
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Edwards, N. 1990 The Archaeology of Early Medieval Ireland, London

Corlett, C. and Potterton, M. (eds.) 2011 Settlement in Early Medieval Ireland in the light of recent archaeological excavations, Dublin

Corlett, C. and Pottterton, M. (eds.) 2010 Death and Burial in Early Medieval Ireland in the light of recent archaeological excavations, Dublin

Stout, M. 1997 The Irish Ringfort, Dublin

Simpson, L. 1998 Directors Findings: Fishamble Street/Exchange Street Upper (Viking Excavation), Dublin

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

None