Space and Settlement 2018

Thank you to all our presenters and keynote speaker Dr. Mark Hennessy for their engaging and thought-provoking talks, and to all those who attended Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages 2018. We will be back next year to celebrate 10 years of the conference…


Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages Programme

Friday 23rd March 2018

10.15–10.45    Registration

10.45–11.00    Opening Remarks

11.00–12.00     Session 1: Deserted Medieval Villages
Chaired by Prof. Terry Barry

Liam Mannix (Irish Walled Town Network)
Saving the Abandoned medieval town at Rindoon, Roscommon.

Arnaud De Volder (National University of Ireland Galway)
Between land and sea: The place of the later-medieval townscape of Clonmines, County Wexford.

12.00–13.40     Lunch

13.4015.30     Session 2: Church and Death (Part 1)
Chaired by Catherine Bromhead

Louise Nugent (Archaeologist/Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland)
Gatherings of Faith: Pilgrimage in Medieval Ireland.

Christina Wade (Trinity College Dublin)
Seidr Staffs and Magic Plaques: Femininities in the Scandinavian Burials of Dublin

Malgorzata Kransnodebska-D’Aughton (University College Cork) and Anne-Julie Lafaye (University College Cork)
Friars in the landscapes of medieval Ireland: spaces and identities.

Session 3a: Castles, defensive works, & military occupations
Stephen Mandal, Denis Shine (Irish Archaeology Field School) and Chris Hayes (Irish National Heritage Park)
Digging the Lost Town of Carrick (Carrig)

15.30–16.00     Tea/Coffee, Ideas Space, 3rd Floor, Trinity Long Room Hub

16.00–17.00     Keynote Address
Dr. Mark Hennessy (Trinity College Dublin)
Settlement transitions in colonial Ireland before the Black Death.
17.15                Conference Social Event (details to follow)

Saturday 24th March 2018

10.00–12.00    Session 3: Castles, defensive works, & military occupations
Chaired by Sarah Kerr

Rachel Swallow (University of Chester)
Dodleston Castle, Cheshire: A Multi -Faceted Bead on a String in the Irish Sea Cultural Zone.

John Hussey (Independent researcher)
The military occupation and settlement of west Wicklow by the Earls of Kildare between 1470 and 1535.

Ken Wiggins (Archaeological Consultant)
There goes the neighbourhood: The building of an Anglo-Norman castle in the northern suburb of Hiberno-Norse Limerick.

12.00–13.00     Lunch

13.00–14.00     Session 4: Church and Death (Part 2)
Chaired by Dara Fleming-Farrell

Lizzy Craig-Atkins (University of Sheffield)
The sculls that lie heap’d up’: An interdisciplinary study of the charnel house at Rothwell (Northamptonshire, UK).

Colmán Ó’Clabaigh (Glenstal Abbey)
Roods and Roodscreens in Late Medieval Ireland.

14.00–14.30     Tea/Coffee, Ideas Space, 3rd Floor, Trinity Long Room Hub
14.30–15.30     Session 5: Medicine, Science and Technology
Chaired by John Tighe

Brendan O’Neill (University College Dublin)
Blinded by the light: Interpreting contexts through the materials and technologies used in early medieval crafts

James Smith (Trinity College Dublin)
Navigating the Soul: The ecological psychology of medieval memory

15.30–15.45     Closing Remarks by Prof. Terry Barry

Thank you to the Space and Settlement conference organising committee, Sarah Kerr, Christina Wade, John Tighe and Catherine Bromhead, without whom this Conference would not have happened.