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Late Iron Age and Roman Ireland (LIARI) Project

Late Iron Age and Roman Ireland (LIARI) Project


IRELAND IN A ROMAN WORLD, 20-21 October 2012
Trinity College Dublin

The Discovery Programme is proud to announce the first international interdisciplinary conference that will consider how communities in Ireland engaged with the Roman world. We have invited leading academics from Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, Denmark and the USA to present papers from across the subjects of Archaeology, History, Classics, Earth Sciences, Iron Age studies and 'Celtic' Studies, covering the Iron Age through to Late Antiquity.

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The Discovery Programme is a public institution for advanced research in Irish archaeology based in Dublin. Its most recent research project is the Late Iron Age and Roman Ireland (LIARI) Project.

The central aim of the project is to characterize the environment, settlement patterns social structures and ritual practices of the people who lived and died in Ireland during the first five centuries AD. It will consider the nature of Ireland's interactions with the Roman Empire and especially with Roman Britain, with a view to reconstructing a more holistic and inclusive archaeological narrative for the later Irish Iron Age (0-AD 500).

This aim will be delivered through objectives that seek to:

  • Explain the nature of the interactions between Ireland, Britain and Europe in the Late Pre Roman Iron Age
  • Reassess and reconsider the interactions between communities in Ireland and those in the Roman provinces, especially Britannia, through both the archaeological record and contemporary theoretical dialogues framed around the four key research themes: identities and materialities; sacral and secular landscapes; fluid frontiers; language and literacy
  • Reassess the interaction between different communities in Ireland and their trade with south-west England and the Eastern Roman Empire, from the demise of Roman political administration in the west to the end of the review period

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