Archaeology: Medieval Art and ArchitectureLevel 6, Semester II, 5 Credits
This module introduces the archaeology of the medieval period in Ireland (c.400-c.1540) with a particular focus on the art and ecclesiastical architecture of the period.
- Early Irish monasteries and monastic sites, Islands and Hermitages; Church Architecture; Round towers.
- Overview of Early Medieval Art: Insular Manuscripts, (Cathach, Book of Durrow, Book of Kells). Early Christian metalwork. Stone sculpture: development of High Crosses.
- The Vikings: Viking art styles in Ireland.
- The High Middle Ages: Romanesque architecture, new monastic orders, the Cistercians, Gothic architecture.
- The Late Medieval Period: Mendicant friaries, tombs and effigies
- Describe the range of archaeological evidence for art and ecclesiastical architecture in medieval Ireland.
- Discuss the range of styles and influences that are apparent in medieval art and architecture in Ireland.
- Explain the major chronological sequence of medieval Irish art and architecture and place these developments in their historical context.
- Analyse specific examples of medieval artefacts and buildings from an archaeological perspective.
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Time: 7-9pm/Mondays- Semester II
Start Date: Monday, 15th January, 2018