Dr Eileen Murphy a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography Archaeology & Palaeoecology at Queen’s University Belfast will be delivering a lecture in Tichulainn on Reading our past – Graveyard memorials in Ireland and North America.
The memorials that are a common occurrence in graveyards around the country are an invaluable source of information about past generations. By studying their form, decorative symbols and the contents of epitaphs it is possible for us to ‘read’ these memorials, each of which is a unique record of named individuals of the past and their wider communities. By studying the monuments we can gain insights about their attitudes towards death and the afterlife, social strategies and ambitions, occupations and personal tragedies. The lecture will provide an introduction to the study of grave memorials drawing upon examples from Ireland and North America.
There will be training on how to survey graveyards on either the 4th or 6th of November. Graveyards will be surveyed over the winter, in the spring the Ring of Gullion Team will digitise this data and make it available on the website.