Winter Excavation 2022: The Medieval Landscape of Ferrycarrig, Tracing the Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland

By October 9, 2020 September 21st, 2021 2022 Programs, All Programs

This four week program provides a practical introduction to all aspects of the archaeological process including excavation, survey, post-excavation and dissemination. Our program is delivered at the Ferrycarrig ringwork castle, within the confines of the Irish National Heritage Park (INHP) in Wexford, southeast Ireland. Students will actively participate in uncovering the ringwork’s history, while also learning how to critically assess the importance of this crucial site within its wider landscape and historical context.

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 2, 2022
  • Where: Wexford and the Irish National Heritage Park
  • Including all meals, accommodation, tuition, instruction, equipment, t-shirt and field trips
  • Course Type: Field Archaeology
  • Instructors: Dr Denis Shine, Dr Stephen Mandal
Accredited Program
  • Academic Credit: 6 semester credit units (equivalent to 9 quarter units)
  • Cost: US$4,820
  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
  • Payment Deadline: December 1, 2021


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*A late application fee of €200 will apply after this date.