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Medieval Ireland: The Kilteasheen Archaeological Project

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @ 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

— lecture and book signing, Medieval Lough Cé: History, Archeology and Landscape

Featured Speaker: Thomas Finan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History and Director, Center for International Studies, Saint Louis University

The Kilteasheen Archaeological Project began in 2002 as a survey of medieval churches in County Roscommon, Ireland, and developed into one of the largest ongoing research excavations in Ireland in the last decade. Kilteasheen is now known to be a multi-period site, with elements dating back to the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. The site was occupied as an ecclesiastical center in the early Middle Ages (600-800 AD), and was a major strategic stronghold of the O’Conor kings of Connacht in the thirteenth century. The site was abandoned in the middle of the fourteenth century, possible a result of the plague arriving in western Ireland in 1350. Features excavated on the site include a small castle hall house, a twelfth century church, a managed cemetery, and enclosure. Over 150 skeletons have been excavated at the site.

Books available for purchase and signing following the talk.

To be held at:

OASIS in Forest Park, Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor’s Center

5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park

St. Louis, MO 63112

Registration Required. OPEN to ALL. Middle, high school and university students welcome to attend.

FREE to the first 10 registrants, $9 per person thereafter. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited.

To register call 314-533-8586 or e-mail rsvp@academyofsciencestl.org

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
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