MCL Conference 2012

Making Christian Landscapes Conference


 The Society for Church Archaeology Annual Conference,
Archaeology Department, University College Cork,
 21-23 September 2012

MCL Conference Programme (3,491kB)

Landscapes across Europe were transformed, both physically and conceptually, as a result of the conversion to Christianity and the development of ecclesiastical structures during the early medieval period. This interdisciplinary conference will seek to illuminate this process through case studies of particular landscapes. Speakers will consider a range of settlement and ritual/burial sites as well as territorial divisions and routeways in order to explore where and how people chose, or were obliged, to live, worship and be buried and how this changed over time. Some papers will focus on the initial process of conversion while others will also consider changes in the nature of people's relationships with ecclesiastical sites and structures over the course of the period.
The conference forms part of the and is the 2012 annual conference of the Society for Church Archaeology. It is organised by the Archaeology Department, University College Cork, the School of Historical Studies, University of Newcastle, and the Society for Church Archaeology.



On Friday 21 September there will be an optional fieldtrip to the Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula), a landscape particularly rich in early ecclesiastical remains. Bus departs 8:00 am from Gaol Cross in UCC (see directions below).

The conference proper will take place in Boole 1 lecture theatre, UCC, on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23. Those who have not pre-registered can do so from 8:30 am outside the theatre (see below).

Speakers Include
Edel Bhreathnach (Dublin), Gill Boazman (Cork), John Henry Clay (Durham), Nancy Edwards (Bangor), Julio Escalona (Madrid), Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir (Reykjavík), Élisabeth Lorans (Rouen), Paul MacCotter (Cork), Adrián Maldonado (Glasgow), Richard Morris (Huddersfield),  Sæbjørg Walaker Nordeide (Bergen), Tomás Ó Carragáin (Cork), José Carlos Sánchez Pardo (Santiago de Compostela), Thomas Pickles (York), Sam Turner (Newcastle), Élisabeth Zadaro-Rio (Tours)

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NB: Delegates must register by Wednesday 19 September if they wish to avail of the conference lunches. Delegates who register at the conference itself will pay €5 less per day but lunches will not be included.

Delegates can register online, by cheque or on arrival (8:30 am outside Boole 1 lecture theatre, UCC). Note that registration at least three weeks before the conference is essential if you wish to attend the conference dinner and to guarantee a place on the field trip.

Friday field trip 
€15 / £13 (price does not include lunch)

Saturday/Sunday Conference
Adult two days: €35 / £30
Adult one day: €20 / £16
Student two days: €20 / £16
Student one day: €12 / £10
Prices include light lunch(es) and morning and afternoon tea/coffee.

Saturday Conference Dinner
€30 / £26 (The River Lee Hotel, 8pm)

Click here for online registration

Alternatively, registration forms can be posted to one of the addresses below:

NB: Please print and send MCL Registration Form with your postal registration

Euro or GBP cheques made payable to the 'Archaeology Department, University College Cork' can be sent to:
Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin,
Archaeology Department,
University College Cork,


Members of the Society for Church Archaeology can send cheques payable to the Society to:
Michael Shapland,
Conference Coordinator,
Society for Church Archaeology,
162 Elgar Road,
Reading RG2 0BN,


For information on accommodation near University College Cork see:

For information on travel to UCC see:

Friday Fieldtrip: Bus departs 8:00am from Gaol Cross in UCC. Directions from the Main Quadrangle, UCC: walk through the large archway in the North Wing of the Main Quad. Take the second left downhill and through a 19th-century limestone gateway. Continue on and take the first (and only) right over the bridge. You should then be able to see the bus parked near Castlewhite Apartments, No. 18 (E5) on
this map

Saturday/Sunday Conference: Boole 1 Lecture Theatre, UCC, No. 10 (F6) on
this map

Registration from 8:30am  Papers begin at 9am.

See also:
Cork City Council
The Cork Guide

The organisers gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance provided by the Heritage Council and by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under the Built Heritage element of the Environment Fund, towards this conference.

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