The Medieval Ecclesiastical Complex at Kilteasheen, Co. Roscommon, Ireland: 2002-2009

The Project
The Kilteasheen Archaeological Project began in 2002 as a survey of medieval churches in Co. Roscommon, Ireland, and developed into one of the largest ongoing research excavations in Ireland in the last decade. Kilteasheen is now known to be a multi-period site, with elements dating back to the Mesolithic and Neolithic. The site was occupied as an ecclesiastical center in the early Middle Ages (600-800 AD), and was a major strategic stronghold of the O'Conor kings of Connacht in the thirteenth century. The site was abandoned in the middle of the fourteenth century, possible a result of the plague arriving in western Ireland in 1350. Features excavated on the site include a small castle hall house, a twelfth century church, a managed cemetery, and enclosure. Over 150 skeletons have been excavated at the site. This presentation will display the results of the ongoing research.
Thomas Finan
Thomas Finan is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Saint Louis University. He has been the director of the Kilteasheen Project since 2002, and also serves as Director of the Center for International Studies at Saint Louis University.
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A lecture by Thomas Finan, a St. Louis University Kilteasheen Archaeological Project

ASU Tempe Campus, Neeb Hall 105