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Space and settlement in the Middle Ages: The final frontier. 28/29 May 2010 TCD

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Professor Terry Barry of the History Department, Trinity College Dublin and his research students are organising a two-day international conference entitled Space and settlement in the Middle Ages: The final frontier.

The conference will take place in the Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin on Friday May 28th and Saturday May 29th. The keynote speaker is Dr. Oliver Creighton of Exeter University and more than twenty other academic and professional speakers discussing topics such as; Mapping space and settlement; Boundaries, borders and frontiers; Spatial expressions of power; Travel, trade and exchange; the urban/rural interface.

Enquiries can be made to [2] spaceandsettlement@gmail.com and the programme can also be viewed at [3] http://www.tcd.ie/history/news.php

(via The Heritage Council event calendar)

FRI 28th May 2010

11.30 am Welcome by Prof Poul Holm, Academic Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub.

Session 1 – Mapping space and settlement.  Chair: Prof Jane Ohlmeyer TCD

12.00 Sarah Gearty RIA –  ‘Mapping urban space and settlement: the Irish Historic Towns Atlas’.

12.20 Mark Hennessy TCD—The 1292 Lay Subsidy and Ireland.

12.40 Annaleigh Margey TCD‘Representing fact or fiction?: mapping the plantation settlement of Ulster’.

13.00 Anthony Corns DP –Sharing spatial data.

13.20-13.30 Questions


Session 2– Boundaries, borders and frontiers.  Chair: DR M.K. Simms, TCD

14.30 Erin Britton TCD- ‘Expressions of Power in the Border Territory of South Galway’.

14.50 Linda Shine TCD – ‘Clanmahon: frontier or contact zone in the high medieval period?’

15.10 Paul McCotter UCC –‘Trícha Cét and Cantred’.

15.30 Edel Breathnach UCD ‘Burying the dead in the Irish midlands, 400-700 AD’.

15.50-16.00 Questions.

7- 8 pm Oliver Creighton Exeter University -Keynote speaker:  ‘Designs upon the Land: researching, reconstructing and imagining elite landscapes of the Middle Ages’

8.30 Reception in ‘Longstone’ Pub.

SAT 29th MAY 2010.

Session 3 – Spatial expressions of power.   Chair: Prof Terry Barry TCD

10.00 Rory Sherlock NUIG– ‘The Spatial Dynamic of the Irish Tower House Hall’.

10.20 Damian Shiels Headland Archaeology– ‘Reconstructing Battlefield Landscapes’.

10.40 -Emma Clayton TCD –The historic landscapes surrounding ringwork castles in Ireland.

11.00 Niall Brady DP – The medieval settlement of Castlemore, Co. Carlow.

11.20-11.30 Questions.


Session 4 - Travel, trade and exchange.   Chair: Dr David Ditchburn   TCD

12.00 Linda Doran RSAI – ‘Medieval routes through Co. Longford.’

12.20 Vicky McAlister TCD –  ‘Evidence for trade in tower houses.’

12.40 Charlie Doherty RSAI – ‘The roads of early medieval Ireland’.

13.00 John Sheehan UCC– ‘Viking-age hoards: trade and exchange’.

13.20-13.30 Questions.


Session 5 -The urban/rural interface. Chair: Dr Stephen Harrison UCD.

14.30 Grace O’Keeffe TCD –‘For all the faithful departed’: the lands of the Hospital of St John the Baptist in medieval Dublin.

14.50 Rebecca Wall TCD–‘Spatial integration and urbanization in the early medieval kingdom of the Déisi’.

15.10 Elizabeth Fitzpatrick NUIG- ‘Nucleation in Traditional Polities: the case of Gaelic Ireland’.

15.30 15.45 Questions.

15.45- 16.00 Closing Remarks: Professor Terry Barry.


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