Thursday, 29 October 2009

Crannógs in Early Ireland - Free History Taster Course

Craggaunowen, © Government of Ireland 2009

Ennis Regional Learning Centre in association with Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, is hosting a series of five free lectures, facilitated by Dr. Catherine Swift, in the Clare Museum building, Arthur's Row, Ennis. This series of lectures is intended as stand-alone sessions with the general title of "Crannógs in Early Ireland - The Peoples and Cultures behind Craggaunowen". Each session will deal with different cultures in Irish history but each will highlight features of the archaeological park at Craggaunowen in addition to making reference to monuments of similar eras in Clare and the surrounding region. In each of the five time periods to be discussed, there is some evidence for crannóg or crannóg-style habitations. The purpose of the lectures is to highlight the sheer variety of cultures associated with Irish crannógs and to underline the potential complexity of archaeological interpretation. The lectures will run as follows:
1. Stone Age Man & the introduction of farming in Ireland - Wed Nov 4th
2. Bronze Age warriors & their cooking habits - Wed Nov 11th
3. The "Celtic" peoples who lived in ringforts - Wed Nov 18th
4. Viking raiders and traders along the Shannon - Wed Nov 25th
5. Gaelic lordships of Clare - Wed Dec 2nd
Each lecture will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. on the dates indicated. Places must be booked in advance by contacting the centre at 065-6866844 or use the contact us form on the ERL centre website.

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