ADCO has partnered with Foothill College, California, to manage the archaeological research fieldschool, Castles in Communities, which has been running since 2015.

Allowing for the two-year COVID-19 hiatus, the fieldschool will embark on its seventh season in 2024. ADCO Director Dr Niall Brady leads the multi-disciplinary team in an immersive learning experience that is based in Ballintober, Co. Roscommon, where the project has been excavating, surveying and examining the remains of a fourteenth-century castle and its associated Deserted Medieval Settlement. In 2024, the project will continue its principal excavation at the castle entrance, where the work is enabling the long-term conservation of the castle structure.

Castles in Communities is a ‘bottoms-up’ project, where the focus is to contribute experience, knowledge and results to the village community and the castle’s owners in their wider realisation of the important role that cultural heritage plays in enriching the lives and experiences of those who engage with it. Each July, the project brings between 45 and 70 students and faculty to Ballintober, to spend the month examining and revealing the archaeological and the anthropological narratives that exist around the medieval castle and its wider settlement, which includes the present-day village in what is the rich cultural landscape of north Roscommon and its adjoining counties. It is a lived experience, and open to all who may be interested in joining us.

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Archaeology Research Fieldschool. Castles in Communities.