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UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute

Fondúireacht Mhíchíl Uí Chléirigh, UCD

INSTAR Project ‘Mapping death: people, boundaries and territories in Ireland 1st to 8th centuries AD’

www.mappingdeath.ie

Principal Investigator: Dr Edel Bhreathnach

Investigator: Dr Elva Johnston, UCD School of History and Archives

Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr Elizabeth O’Brien, Postdoctoral Fellow, UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute

Research Assistants: Michael Ann Bevivino, Brian Keenan (IT)

Partners: UCD School of History and Archives (Dr Elva Johnston) and the Discovery Programme, TCD Smurfit School of Genetics (Prof Daniel Bradley), Beaumont Hospital (Prof Orla Hardiman), Margaret Gowen Ltd (archaeological consultants) and Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd.

Funding: The Heritage Council INSTAR Programme

This is an inter-disciplinary (anthropology, archaeology, genetics, history) project which involves a study of burials in Ireland from the 1st to the 8th centuries AD based on the archaeological evidence and primary documentary sources available from Ireland, Britain and the Continent. The aim is to interpret burial practices as indicators of social practices, social hierarchies, cultural intrusions, boundary-markers, taking possession of territories, the establishment of dynasties, religious conversion and external relationships. The project's main themes are:

  • Identity, power and migration in Ireland 
  • Culture as expressed in belief systems and the process of conversion to Christianity
  • An historical and scientific profile of the early Irish 
  • The culture of northwestern Europe in the Late Iron Age and early medieval period (covering Britain, Iceland and Ireland)
The Mapping Death database can be accessed here