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

Skibbereen, Ireland
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SU 19 Ireland ANTH

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.

This is a Scholarship in Practice (SIP) course. There are no requirements and all students are welcome to apply. Students will earn 6 credits for participating. Students will be in the field daily and no experience necessary. It is a excellent way to learn about Irish history, culture, and heritage.

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

Please note: This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship (due date 3/5/19), and for those students in BSOS there are experiential and travel awards available (please email the program director - listed in the Contacts tab - for more information).

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

This course is also eligible to fulfill the general education requirement for Scholarship in Practice.

You will stay at Abbey Farm Holiday Homes.

Costs listed are for summer 2019.

Please note: This program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship (due date 3/5/19), and for those students in BSOS there are experiential and travel awards available (please email the program director for more information).

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 $43
Tuition $3,007
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 $145
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, Faculty Program Director, is an Assistant Professor with18 years experience leading international field schools. Dr. Brighton is a licensed archaeologist in Ireland and known for his excavations focusing on cultural resilience and transformation as it relates to the Irish Diaspora.
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.

Andrew Webster, Graduate Field Director, is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology. Mr. Webster has assisted in directing the program since its inception in 2015.

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:

  • Learning methods and theories of historical archaeology and applying in real excavations.
  • Understanding the global impact of the Irish Diaspora and Irish heritage from leading experts in the field at the Skibbereen Heritage Center.
  • Gain an understanding of Irish culture through interacting with Irish individuals and families in the host town of Skibbereen.
  • Weekend visit to the numerous and diverse heritage sites throughout Ireland such as New Grange, the Hill of Tara, and Blarney Castle.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2019 03/03/2019 03/11/2019 05/25/2019 06/29/2019