Session Title

Iron Age Ceremonial Centers and the Foundations of the Middle Ages (The Robert T. Farrell Lecture)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

American Society of Irish Medieval Studies (ASIMS)

Organizer Name

James Lyttleton

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. College Cork

Presider Name

Kieran O'Conor

Presider Affiliation

National Univ. of Ireland-Galway

Paper Title 1

Remembering Bernard Wailes: Archaeological Approaches to Late Iron Age and Early Medieval Ireland

Presenter 1 Name

Pam J. Crabtree

Presenter 1 Affiliation

New York Univ.

Paper Title 2

Flowing through Time: The Ritual Use of Springs in France from the Iron Age to the Medieval Period

Presenter 2 Name

Katherine M. Erdman

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Paper Title 3

Response

Presenter 3 Name

John Soderberg

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Start Date

9-5-2013 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1140

Description

The peoples of northern Europe built and expanded numerous ritual centers in the centuries before the beginning of the Middle Ages. While scholars have long recognized the possibility that these centers influenced social landscapes in the second half of the first millennium AD, discerning the nature of that influence has often been hampered by disciplinary boundaries. Recent changes in perspective and new archaeological work has begun to breach these boundaries. This session will present the latest archaeological research on the social and religious developments associated with ceremonial centers in northern Europe during the transition from the Iron Age into the medieval period.

The centerpiece of this session is the 6th annual Robert T. Farrell Lecture. Dr. Pamela Crabtree from New York University will give the 2013 Farrell Lecture on the role of feasting at the important Irish site of Dún Ailinne. In addition to the inherent merit of her work, ASIMS also chose Dr. Crabtree as this year's Farrell speaker to mark the passing of Dr. Bernard Wailes. Along with Robert Farrell, Dr. Wailes helped to establish the International Congress of Medieval Studies as a major center for medieval archaeology. Dr. Crabtree is continuing the research project he began at Dún Ailinne. The remaining two papers in the session will be presented by archaeologists working in other parts of Europe.

Dr. James I. Lyttleton

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May 9th, 3:30 PM

Iron Age Ceremonial Centers and the Foundations of the Middle Ages (The Robert T. Farrell Lecture)

Schneider 1140

The peoples of northern Europe built and expanded numerous ritual centers in the centuries before the beginning of the Middle Ages. While scholars have long recognized the possibility that these centers influenced social landscapes in the second half of the first millennium AD, discerning the nature of that influence has often been hampered by disciplinary boundaries. Recent changes in perspective and new archaeological work has begun to breach these boundaries. This session will present the latest archaeological research on the social and religious developments associated with ceremonial centers in northern Europe during the transition from the Iron Age into the medieval period.

The centerpiece of this session is the 6th annual Robert T. Farrell Lecture. Dr. Pamela Crabtree from New York University will give the 2013 Farrell Lecture on the role of feasting at the important Irish site of Dún Ailinne. In addition to the inherent merit of her work, ASIMS also chose Dr. Crabtree as this year's Farrell speaker to mark the passing of Dr. Bernard Wailes. Along with Robert Farrell, Dr. Wailes helped to establish the International Congress of Medieval Studies as a major center for medieval archaeology. Dr. Crabtree is continuing the research project he began at Dún Ailinne. The remaining two papers in the session will be presented by archaeologists working in other parts of Europe.

Dr. James I. Lyttleton