MA in Local History
Note: This project forms a compulsory part of the assessment for this course The conventions of Irish Historical Studies should be used throughout.
1. Give a description of an archaeological monument in your area. A length of approximately 1000 words is recommended. The description should be accompaniedby plans, elevations and photographs.
2. Using the information in your description, provide a reconstruction (in words or by means of illustration, or both) of what the building looked like originally and, if relevant, of how the appearance of the building was modi:fied through time (approximately 250 words).
3. How is the building dated? if the principal evidence is documentary, you will need to supply supporting evidence (approximately 250 words).
4. What other buildings can this example be usefully compared with? What does one learn from the process of comparing like monuments with like? (approximately 250words).
5. What does one learn from an examination of this building that cannot be learnedfrom the documentary sources (approximately 250 words).
6. Provide a bibliography in accordance with the conventions of Irish Historical Studies of works consulted (no more than one page).
Barry, T. B., The archaeology of medieval Ireland (London 1987) 936.15 BAR
Edwards, Nancy, The archaeology of early medieval Ireland (London 1990) 936.15 EDW
Harbison. Peter. Pre-Christian Ireland (London 1988) 936.15 HAR
O'Kelly, M. J., Early Ireland (Cambridge 1989) 936.15 OKE
Mitchell, G. F. and Ryan, M., Reading the Irish Landscape (Dublin 1997) 911.415 MIT
Raftery, B., Pagan Celtic Ireland (London 1994) 936.15 RAF
Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P., Archaeology. theories, methods and practice (London 1991). 930.1 REN
Ryan, Michael (ed.), The Illustrated archaeology of Ireland (Dublin 1991). 936.15 RYA
Waddell, John, The prehistoric archaeology of Ireland (London 1998) 936.15 WAD
Castles and churches
Kerrigan, P. M. Castles and fortifications in Ireland 1485-1945, Cork, 1995.941.5 KER
Leask, H. G. Irish castles. Dundalk, 1941. 728.809415 LEA
Leask, H. G. Irish churches and monastic buildings. 3 vols. Dundalk, 1955 -60 726.509415 LEA
McNeill, T. Castles in Ireland.-feudal power in a Gaelic world. London, 1997.728.8109415 MCN
Sweetman, P. D. Irish castles and fortified houses. Dublin, 1995. 728.81 SWE
For studies of individual churches or castles consult the published Archaeological Inventory or Archaeological Survey volumes which are available for counties
Waterford , 936.191 MOO
Louth, 936.1882 BUC
Meath, 936.1822 MOO
Wicklow 936.184 GRO
Wexford, 936.1885 MOO
Carlow, 936.1882 BRI
Laois, 936.187 SWE
Offaly, 936.186 OBR
Cork, 936.195 POW
Galway, 936.174 GOS
Monaghan , 936.1697 BRI
and Cavan. 936.1698 ODO
The Hayes Catalogue can be useful in directing one towards relevant publications in local and national journals before 1974. More recent information can be found in the British and Irish archaeological bibliography 1 (1997)016.9301 ARC (NOT FOR LOAN) onwards.