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UMD-Summer: Ireland: The Archaeology of Ireland's Early Modern Period (ANTH)

Skibbereen, Ireland
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ANTH Ireland Students

This summer Applied Field Program will explore the material history of the Irish Diaspora in County Cork. The location of the study is the area around Skibbereen, County Cork. Skibbereen is located 51 miles (82 km) southeast of Cork City. It became infamous as a metaphor for the impacts and horrific sufferings of the Great Starvation. Skibbereen is ideal due to its commitment to collecting Ireland's rich heritage. The Skibbereen Museum and Heritage Center is a natural conduit between the archaeologist and the local community.

Through archaeological investigations, archival research, and interviews with local historians of the Skibbereen Heritage Center and members of the community, you will receive extensive and intensive experience learning the importance and meaning of material culture as it relates to the larger study of the Irish Diaspora, socio-cultural change in Ireland over time, as well as form the foundation for a comparable database to model and interpret the diverse worlds and experiences of Irish immigrants internationally.

This research is an important move forward in modeling the diversity of material identities in Ireland and creating a database that will be significant not only to Ireland, but also to understanding material and social continuity and change in Irish diasporic communities worldwide.

For more information, visit the program blog and Facebook page.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

All UMD and non-UMD graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following six (6) credit UMD course:

  • ANTH496: Applied Field Methods in Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ireland's Early Modern Period

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

This course will count towards the general education requirement for Scholarship in Practice.

You will stay in shared accomodations in Skibbereen in a rental house with a full kitchen and living/common room. The housing site is within safe walking distance to the town center.

Costs listed are for summer 2018.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $74
Tuition $3,176
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $550
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $400
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $300
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Dr. Stephen A. Brighton is the Program Director and Associate Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Maryland. Dr. Brighton has been working on various aspects of the material culture of the Irish Diaspora for over 20 years. He has worked both in Ireland and the United States to create a material database to compare and contrast the formation of Irish identity at home and abroad. Dr. Brighton has written a book "Historical Archaeology of the Irish Diaspora: A Transnational Approach" that details much of his research in North America. The research program in Ireland represents one of the first of its kind to critically bring together historical and archaeological data to understand and give a voice to underrepresented and largest population in early modern Ireland that formed much of the 19th century Irish Diaspora.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Get to know Irish residents as you work with a local Skibbereen community group called "Friends of the Rock."
  • Guest lectures from archaeologists and professors from University College, Cork on topics of Irish archaeology.
  • Collaboration with local students on a course project.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2018 03/15/2018 03/11/2018 05/26/2018 06/30/2018