This 4-week session 2 course is designed to offer students the opportunity to experience first-hand the history of medieval Ireland. The program gives students an introduction to medieval history, with a special focus on the religious landscape of the area and an introduction to the field of bioarchaeology. Students will travel to Trim, Ireland for a first-hand experience of discovering the past. The group will spend four weeks participating actively in an archaeological excavation of a medieval monastery and cemetery: the Blackfriary. In Trim, students will be trained in excavation methods by a team of professional archaeologists from the Irish Archaeology Field School. Students will also participate in group field trips to surrounding areas and have the opportunity to explore parts of Ireland on their own.
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The Blackfriary is located in the town of Trim, County Meath, Ireland. This is a small town approximately 40 minutes from the city of Dublin. Trim retains much of its medieval street pattern, with buildings of archaeological and historical importance including the surviving elements of the original medieval town wall, church buildings dating from the thirteenth century. The town is dominated by Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Trim is also a vibrant market town with shops, cafes and walking trails.
In Ireland, students will live in homestays in the town of Trim.
Alison Beach is a historian of medieval history at The Ohio State University, where she is an Associate Professor. She was an undergraduate at Smith College, where she studied with Prof. Lester Little and received a B.A. She did her graduate work at Columbia University, where she received an M.A. (History), an M.Phil. (Religion) and a Ph.D. (Religion). Her Doktorvater was Prof. Robert Somerville and she also worked closely with Prof. Caroline Walker Bynum. Professor Beach has held visiting and permanent positions at the College of William and Mary, Temple University, the University of Cologne, the University of Trier, the University of Bonn, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary (New York). In addition, for two years she was a post-doctoral research assistant for Prof. Giles Constable at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Dr. Alison Beach
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