Early Medieval Ireland and Beyond” is an occasional blog with its origins in the Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP, 2007-2014 – see http://www.emap.ie), and a blog originally associated with that research project. More recently, we have re-named the blog, and given it a new task, to explore the archaeology and history of early medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100, particularly the research of the Early Medieval and Viking Age Research Group (EMVARG) at UCD School of Archaeology.

The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP) was a collaborative archaeological research project, funded in by INSTAR and the Irish Heritage Council, and directed by Prof Aidan O’Sullivan (UCD) and Dr Finbar McCormick (QUB). EMAP was established in 2008 with seed funding from UCD Research and the Heritage Council funding, and thereafter received INSTAR funding in 2008-2013. The Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP) worked as 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 published several monographs and numerous papers, for example O’Sullivan, A., McCormick, F., Kerr, T.R. and Harney, L. 2014 Early Medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100. The evidence from archaeological excavations, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. Our website is at http://www.emap.ie and you can download various reports and resources there. EMAP also has a Facebook page here.

The Early Medieval and Viking Age Research Group (EMVARG) is a research cluster of academics, postdoctoral fellows and PhD scholars at UCD School of Archaeology, University College Dublin, all investigating different aspects of the archaeology, history and environments of early medieval Ireland, in the context of northwest Europe. EMVARG also has a Facebook group, membership of which is open to the public, which serves as a discussion and news forum on any aspect of the early Middle Ages, AD 400-1100.

Contact Aidan O’Sullivan for further details