IFR Winter Excavation: The Medieval Landscape of Ferrycarrig, Tracing the Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland

By September 12, 2019 September 17th, 2019 All Programs, Institute For Field Research Programs

Built in 1169 AD/CE, Ferrycarrig is crucial to our understanding of the earliest stages of the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland. Probably one of the first permanent Norman fortifications to be built in Ireland, the site comprised a ringwork castle placed on a natural promontory overlooking the River Slaney and Wexford town. Today, the bank and ditch are all that remain above the ground but archaeological excavations in the 1980’s uncovered significant evidence of the fortifications preserved below ground. Today archaeological excavations at the site continue to piece together the earliest days of the Norman conquest of Ireland, at this most important site. Staying with local families in homestay accommodation, this program also offers a deeply enriching cultural immersion, guaranteeing students a truly memorable experience.


Ferrycarrig is located within the Irish National Heritage Park, an open-air museum which recreates the key stages in Ireland’s past, providing a stunning backdrop to the archaeological research site. Students will be exposed not only to archaeological investigation at the site but also to the many and myriad ways by which the public is presented, view and interpret the archaeological record.



Course Details


  • Course Dates: January 5 – February 1, 2020
  • Where: Wexford and the Irish National Heritage Park
  • Enrolment Status: OPEN
  • Academic Credit: 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units)
  • Total Cost: US$4,685 (including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment, t-shirt and field trips)
  • Course Type: Field Archaeology
  • Payment Deadline : December 1, 2019
  • Instructors: Dr Denis Shine, Dr Stephen Mandal
  • Apply through the Institute for Field Research – click here