Our Introduction to Irish Archaeology course gives an overview of the key periods, artefacts, events and sites that have helped to shape our understanding of Ireland’s past. It is broken into a chronological series of easy bite-size lessons, each focusing on a key period. It’s perfect for dipping into at your own pace.
We begin with the Mesolithic and examine the evidence left behind from the island’s earliest inhabitants before moving on to the iconic megalithic tombs of the Neolithic. We examine the shifting cultures of the Bronze and Iron Ages, and consider whether the coming of Christianity to Ireland truly did welcome a golden era of ‘Saints & Scholars’. Next, we look at Viking Ireland, from the raiding to trading, and the founding of the island’s first towns and cities. The 12th century saw further political and social upheaval with the arrival of the Anglo-Normans, and we will look at the gothic architecture, the changing landscapes, and innovative agricultural practices of this and later Medieval periods. Finally, we arrive to Tudor Ireland and the age of plantation, armada, revolution and tragedy.
Written and presented by Neil Jackman, co-founder of Abarta Heritage and author of two acclaimed guidebooks Ireland’s Ancient East (2016) and The Wild Atlantic Way (2018). He has formerly lectured in Public Archaeology at University College Dublin School of Archaeology, and has excavated sites all around Ireland.