Southwest Texas Archaeological Society Lecture: Kieran O'Conor

Tuesday, February 13 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm

As part of the Southwest Texas Archaeological Society lecture series, Dr. Kieran O'Conor, with the National University of Ireland Galway, will present "Elite settlement in Gaelic Ireland, 1169-1350 AD." 

What do we mean by ‘Gaelic Ireland’ in the period from the arrival of the Normans in 1169 to the middle of the 14thcentury? In this respect, it must be remembered that large parts of Ireland (particularly its western and northern parts) during this time period remained in some way under the control of native Irish (ie Gaelic Irish) princes and lords. The Norman conquest of Ireland in the years after 1169 was only partial, unlike England in 1066 which saw the complete takeover of that country by William the Conqueror. The situation in Ireland bears similarity to Wales which also saw the survival of native Welsh princes alongside incoming Norman barons. This lecture will examine (using excavated and fieldwork evidence) the nature of native Irish elite settlement in the period under review and will argue that while there was change, continuity from the pre-Norman early medieval period was seen too. This lecture will discuss such things as the lack of identifiable timber and masonry castles in Gaelic Ireland during these years, the late use of crannogs and ringforts, the Irish adoption of some moated sites as princely residences, native agricultural and military practices, and the deliberate use of the past by members of the indigenous elite for contemporary political purposes. Comparisons with Anglo-Norman Ireland will be made in the lecture and the historiography of the study of the archaeology of medieval Gaelic Ireland will also be alluded to in the talk.

This lecture should be of interest to Irish-Americans as it is clear that so many of their ancestors arriving in America during the 19th century (and later) were Irish speaking and, so, descended from the indigenous inhabitants of medieval Ireland. This talk would be a way for them to connect with the lives of their ancestors. There were also similarities between Gaelic Ireland and the Highlands during the medieval period and so this lecture may also be of interest to Canadians of Scots descent.

Co-sponsored by Classical Studies, the Southwest Texas Archaeological Society, and the Archaeological Institute of America. 

Chapman Center Auditorium
One Trinity Place, San Antonio, Texas 78212

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Lecture

Department

Classical Studies

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