Bioarchaeology and Excavation : Discovering St Aidan’s Monastery

By September 10, 2019 March 26th, 2020 All Programs, Institute For Field Research Programs

Overview: This four week credited program provides a unique, hands-on opportunity for students to excavate the buried remains of both St Aidan’s c. 7th century monastery and a 12th century Augustinian Abbey (founded by Diarmuid McMurrough) in the town of Ferns, County Wexford, Ireland. This site is a multi-period complex, originally founded by St Aidan at the turn of the 7th century and used from that time until today as a place of worship. Excavations will focus on the early monastic enclosure as well as buildings from both monastic communities. As both sites contain burial grounds this program is both an excavation and bioarchaeology course, directed by one of Ireland’s foremost osteoarchaeologists, Dr Linda Lynch.

Staying with local families in homestay accommodation, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.

The site is located within Ferns town, one of Ireland’s most important medieval centres, providing a stunning backdrop to the archaeological research site.

Course Details

  • Course Dates: June 14 – July 11, 2020 has been CANCELLED
  • Where: St Aidan’s Monastery, Ferns, County Wexford, Ireland.
  • Enrollment Status: CLOSED
  • Academic Credit: 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units)
  • Total Cost: US$4,600 (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment, t-shirt and field trips)
  • Course Type: Bioarchaeology/Field Archaeology
  • Payment Deadline : N/A
  • Instructors: Dr. Linda Lynch, Dr. Denis Shine
  • Apply through the Institute for Field Research – click here