Trinity College Dublin 2017

In its 11th year, The Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium will be hosted in the Long Room Hub of Trinity College, Dublin from the 6th to the 8th April.

The call for papers is now open for EMASS 2017. The deadline for abstracts has been extended to the 27th Feb. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to It would also be advantageous to send on a number of keywords for the construction of the different sessions. Registration will open closer to the date. Some students from Smurfit Institute of Genetics, based at Trinity, have also agreed to give a session on genetics and its role in archaeology, which was a topic of discussion at last year's EMASS in the University of Bristol.

We have confirmed the entertainment for after the conference dinner, which will come from Candlelit Tales (and here is a video of them in action). They have been working for the past number of years of bringing the tradition of telling tales of Irish mythology into a modern setting, and everyone will have a great night in the atmosphere of the Stag's Head Pub.

As for the field trip, I have been in contact with Prof. Aidan O Sullivan from UCD about letting us see the work being done at the Centre of Experimental Archaeology, as well as their excavations at the early monastic site of Glendalough. Furthermore, we will see the Hill of Tara, a place of archaeological significance from prehistory right up to the 19th Century.


There was a problem with the initial idea for registration so I will give people two options: either to do a bank transfer or to pay on the day. Either way if you could send me an email saying whether or not you want to go to the conference dinner and field trip.

Here are the bank account details:

Name of beneficiary (as on bank account): John Tighe
Name of bank: Allied Irish Bank (AIB)
Address of bank: Main St., Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Bank account no: 07667106
Sort code: 937088
IBAN no: IE82AIBK9370880766710

The price for the conference is as follows:

Conference Registration: €20

Conference Dinner: €20

Field Trip: €20