General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Shirley Markley
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology

This module introduces the student to later Medieval Ireland - a period that experienced considerable societal change as well as much continuity. The beginnings of Church Reform; the creation of the Diocesan system and the arrival of the Anglo-Normans were all factors that changed the cultural, architectural and physical landscape of the time. This is the period that saw the introduction of two major architectural styles: Romanesque and Gothic followed by Tudor and Elizabethan architecture evident in both church and domestic architecture. In addition to this, an array of earthwork and stone castles as well as moated sites were introduced, while crannogs and ringforts - the more traditional settlement types continued to be used by the Gaelic Irish. Later Medieval economy, material culture and trade/exchange is explored while art and devotion in Later Medieval Ireland is examined through the study of architectural carvings, wall paintings, church fittings, ecclesiastical robes and church plate, stained glass, bone, antler, ivory and wooden artefacts as well as objects of devotion including jewellery; prayer books, books of devotion and bardic poetry.

Learning Outcomes

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


Identify a range of field monuments of later medieval date in the modern Irish landscape.


Understand the development of architecture in Ireland from the 12th century down to the late 16th Century.


Demonstrate knowledge of the differences between Anglo-Norman and Gaelic Ireland in the late 12th, 13th and 14th centuries.


Demonstrate knowledge of agricultural practices; craft production; commodities of import and export and aspects of art and devotion in later medieval Ireland.


Demonstrate knowledge of the current questions being asked and debated about the nature of settlement and society in later medieval Ireland.


Analyze and understand the large corpus of reading related to the archaeology of later medieval Ireland.


Demonstrate and ability to write structured and well-written essays with good conclusions.

Efficiently communicate complex ideas clearly to a peer audience.

Module Assessment Strategies

Through the project, 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


Indicative Syllabus

Week 1      Introduction

Week 2      Historical, social and political background

Week 3      Introduction to main architectural styles of the Later Medieval period-Romanesque, Gothic, Tudor,

                 Elizabethan in Ecclesiastical and Domestic Architecture

Week 4      Anglo-Norman Settlement-High Status-Earthwork and Stone Castles

Week 5      Anglo Norman Settlement-Peasant Classes-Nucleated Villages and Boroughs; Dispersed Settlement

Week 6      Gaelic Settlement-High Status

Week 7      Gaelic Settlement-Peasant Classes

Week 8      Towns and Town Life

Week 9      Landscape, Farming and Economy

Week 10    Field Trip

Week 11    Later Medieval Church; Church Reform, New Ecclesiastical Orders & Burial

Week 12    Art, Craftwork and Industry

Week 13    Trade and Exchange, Material Culture

Week 14    Review

                 Guest Lecture

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report Field Trip Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 7 1,2,3,4,5
2 Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 10 6,7,8

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

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

Barry, T. B. 1987. The Archaeology of Medieval Ireland, London and New York.

Duffy, P, Edwards, D and Fitzpatrick, E  (eds), 2001. Gaelic Ireland, c.1250-1650: Land, Lordship and Settlement, Dublin.

Fitzpatrick, E and Gillespie, R. 2006. The Parish in Medieval and Early Modern Ireland: Community, Territory and Building, Dublin.

Hourihane, C. 2003. Gothic Art in Ireland, 1169-1550, Yale University Press, New Haven and London.

Hunt, J. 1974. Irish Medieval figure sculpture 1200-1600: a study of Irish tombs with notes on costume and armour, 2 vols. Irish University Press, Dublin.

Leask, H. G. 1944. Irish Castles and Castellated Houses, (2nd edn.) Dundalk.

Leask, H. G. 1955-60. Irish Churches and Monastic Buildings, Vols. 1-3, Dundalk.

Ludlow J. and N. Jameson (eds),  Medieval Ireland: The Barryscourt Lectures i-x, (Cork, 2004).

O'Conor, K.D. 1998. The archaeology of medieval rural settlement in Ireland Discovery Programme Monographs 3, Dublin. (& esp. pp. 73-107).

O'Keeffe, T, 2000.  Medieval Ireland: An archaeology, Stroud.

O'Keeffe, T, 2003.  Romanesque Ireland: architecture and ideology in the 12th century. Dublin.

Stalley, R. 1971. Architecture and Sculpture in Ireland, 1150-1350 (Dublin and New York 1971).

Stalley, R. 1987. The Cistercian monasteries of Ireland. Yale University Press, London and New Haven.

Sweetman, D. 1999. The Medieval Castles of Ireland. Collins Press.

Other Resources


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