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Elizabeth FitzPatrick, National University of Ireland, Galway


Elizabeth FitzPatrick PhotoDr Elizabeth FitzPatrick is a senior lecturer in Archaeology at the School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI, Galway, and archaeology editor of Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy (Section C). Her research focus is medieval and early modern Gaelic peoples, with particular reference to their expressions of cultural and social identity in landscape, landholding and settlement and in everyday and specialised material culture. Her current areas of investigation include reconstructing historical landscapes, settlement norms and nucleation in native polities, and the physical environment of the hereditary arts and their keepers in the Gaelic world c.1200-1650. Recent publications of interest to IEHN members include ‘Aughris headland’ for the 2nd edition of the Atlas of the Irish rural landscape (2011), and ‘Native enclosed settlement and the problem of the Irish ring-fort’, published in Medieval Archaeology (2009).


Research Interests

Gaelic - historical landscape - identity - landholding - lordship - medieval and early modern - settlement - native - nucleation tradition.



Selected Publications

FitzPatrick, E. (2011) Aughris Headland, In: Aalen, F. H. A., Whelan, K. and Stout, M. (eds.), Atlas of the Irish Rural Landscape. 2nd ed. Cork: Cork University Press, 352-367.

Fitzpatrick, E., Murphy, E., McHugh, R., Donnelly, C. and Foley, C. (2011) Evoking the white mare: the cult landscape of Sgiath Gabhra and its medieval perception in Gaelic Fir Mhanach, In: Schot, R., Newman, C. and Bhreathnach, E. (eds.), Landscapes of Cult and Kingship. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 163-191.

FitzPatrick, E. (2009) Native enclosed settlement and the problem of the Irish ‘ring-fort’, Medieval Archaeology, 53, 271-307.

FitzPatrick, E. (2007) Interpreting a cultural landscape: a case for seaweed-harvesting at Aughris, Co. Sligo, Journal of Irish Archaeology, 16, 11-33.

FitzPatrick, E. and Gillespie, R. (eds.) (2006) The parish in medieval and early modern Ireland: community, territory and building. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

FitzPatrick, E., O'Brien, M. and Walsh, P. (eds.) (2004) Archaeological Investigations in Galway City 1987-1998. Bray: Wordwell.

Duffy, P. J., FitzPatrick, E. and Edwards, D. (2001) Gaelic Ireland c. 1250 - c.1650: land, lordship and settlement. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

Fitzpatrick. E. (2001) The gathering place of Tír Fhiachrach?: archaeological and folkloric investigations at Aughris, Co. Sligo, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 101C, 67-105.