EMAP’s work and reports

Our Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP) reports for 2010 have now gone online on our emap.ie website as high-quality, printable pdfs. You can download these, print them out, keep them as digital files on your computer and use them in any way you want, through a citation of them as sources would be appreciated!

The project’s reports for 2010 include an EMAP Project Report providing a summary of the project’s achievements in 2008-2010; a two volume report on Early Medieval Dwellings and Settlements in Ireland, AD 400-1100, including a volume 1 with text and interpretation and a volume 2 with a gazetteer of site descriptions. We also have prepared A Bibliography of Early Medieval Archaeologyin Ireland, which can be regarded as the most complete bibliography ever compiled of the subject – hopefully its a resource that scholars will find useful.
Rob O’Hara’s MA thesis, which was supported by INSTAR Heritage Council funding to EMAP, is also now available here. It provides Rob’s thoughtful and stimulating study of a late Iron Age/early medieval transition burial ground at Collierstown, Co. Meath. Undoubtedly, Rob will be publishing this in further detail again, but this volume provides his current thoughts on the site and its wider contexts.
We have also submitted a text of a book – Early Medieval Ireland: Archaeological Excavations 1930-2009 for consideration to be a publication to the Royal Irish Academy. As a courtesy to the publishers, we are not making this text publicly available, but you can look at an earlier draft of this text here.
We will be returning to the subject of EMAP and its activities shortly, but this post at least let’s people know what we were up to in 2010!

Welcome to the EMAP Blog

Welcome to the EMAP Blog,

The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP) is a collaborative research project, funded by INSTAR and the Heritage Council. The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP) is a North/South; Archaeological Industry/University collaborative research project involving UCD School of Archaeology (University College Dublin); School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology (Queen’s University, Belfast), and several commercial archaeological sector companies such as CRDS, ACS, Archer Heritage Ltd, Irish Archaeological Consultancy and Margaret Gowen & Co. Ltd. EMAP was established in 2008 with Heritage Council funding and has received INSTAR funding in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

It is well-known that the pace, scale and intensity of archaeological excavations in Ireland betweenc. 1992 – 2008 has transformed the way we view past Irish societies. Early medieval archaeology in Ireland has probably benefited most from this ‘Celtic Tiger’ boom in discovery and data gathering. The need to transform this grey literature ‘data into knowledge’ and the ‘publication crisis’ in Ireland have also been established by various professional and academic institutional policy reviews. Unfortunately the recent global economic crisis has now made these matters significantly worse – i.e. much remains to be published and synthesised at a time when Irish archaeology faces unprecedented challenges. EMAP aims to play a role in identifying, collating, interpreting and disseminating this massive volume of early medieval archaeological data and in furthering research agendas in early medieval archaeological scholarship.

EMAP’s key aims and objectives can be summarised as follows –

  • To investigate and analyse the history, character and results of early medieval archaeological excavations in Ireland.
  • To publish a series of books, peer-reviewed papers and to make available a website with an online database of early medieval sites to help transform unpublished ‘data into knowledge’.
  • To establish and promote collaborative research and graduate training links between the university and commercial archaeological sector.
Inspired by Jonathan Jarrett’s terrific blog A Corner of Tenth Century Europe, we have moved our EMAP Blog to WordPress and hope to make it a more interesting and engaging blog. More anon.