Calling all budding archaeologists- this is your chance to dig in the Irish dirt and earn college credits!
Today I'm talking with Eileen Murphy, Professor of Archaeology at Queens University Belfast, about Ireland's archaeological history and QUB Archaeological Field School.
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Ireland's Archaeological History
(1:00) Eileen Murphy, Professor of Archaeology at Queens University Belfast
We met a few times at Milwaukee Irish Fest and, after long discussions about archaeology, my daughter declared that she wanted to attend Queens University Belfast (QUB).
(2:25) Ireland's Rich Archaeological History
Ireland's human history extends back about 10,000 years to Mesolithic period.
The Neolithic period, around 4000 BC, is when humans begin building Megalithic tombs.
Moving forward into the Bronze Age people begin individual burials.
Metal work, including gold hoards, and bog bodies are remnants of the Iron Age in Ireland.
Moving into early Medieval times and Christianity the illuminated manuscripts and castle fortifications survive.
Following this were Viking, Norman, and the Plantation of Ireland by the English.
Much of Ireland's pre-history pre-dates the pyramids of Egypt.
(8:00) Why Does Ireland have So Much Archaeological History?
Ireland is a very rural country which has helped to protect the archaeological sites. Superstitions have also helped preserve the sites.
Ireland is a terrific country to visit if you have an interest in archaeology.
Heritage centres are a terrific place to learn more about the sites you are visiting.
(10:37) About Queens University Belfast Archaeology Department
At Queens University Belfast they combine archaeology and paleoecology, the study of past environments.
The Center for Community Archaeology is quite active with communities, especially in Northern Ireland.
QUB was founded in 1845. The first foray into archaeology was in 1913, and an archaeology department was established in the 1940s.
(15:50) Archaeological Field School at Queens University Belfast
June 1- July 3, 2020
An opportunity for archaeology students from other countries to work alongside Irish students in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
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Discover the treasures of Lower Lough Erne.
Navan Fort, County Armagh
(30:35) Learn More about Archaeology at Queens University Belfast
For field school questions and information email [email protected]
(31:39) Thanks for Listening!
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