Ancient Britain and Ireland: From Stone Sanctuaries and Bronze to Bog Bodies and Gold

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Michael J. Simonton, Director of Celtic Studies and Lecturer in Anthropology, has been at NKU since 2000. He earned his PhD in Social Anthropology at the National University of Ireland with a longitudinal study of Aging in the context of societal transformation. His other research interests include the origins of the Celtic peoples just prior to and during the Iron Age using ancient history, linguistics, oral literature, and archeology to trace the movements of culturally and geographically related peoples across three continents. He has published four books: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Readings in Cultural Anthropology; Ballybradán: Personal and Cultural Transformation in a North Connacht Town; and Sailing A Life Course: A Longitudinal Study Of Aging In An Irish Town., as well as shorter pieces, such as ‘Celtic Europe: Ancient and Modern’ a major entry in Sage Publications’ Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Northern Kentucky University Student Support Services Faculty of Distinction Award 2006 & 2007 The Margaret Mary Edmonds Huth Memorial Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Anthropology, University of Dayton 1976

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Ancient Britain and Ireland: From Stone Sanctuaries and Bronze to Bog Bodies and Gold


Program Dates:
December 26, 2018 - January 8, 2019

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
ANTH 366

Anthropology , Celtic Studies

Course Description:
Explore the roots of modern British and Irish society in ancient cultures like the Celts, whose folk traditions survived in spite of subsequent invasions of other peoples. By visiting museums and ancient sites, such as Stonehenge, Avebury, the West Kennet Long Barrow, and London’s British Museum, and Bru Na Boinne and Dublin’s National Museum in Ireland, students will gain firsthand experience of the ancient places and things that many know only from books and whose traditions were the foundations of life and culture in the British Isles.


Physical Activity Requirements:
Participants should be prepared to walk approximately 2-3 miles per day.

Course Highlights:
Counts for upper level undergraduate credit and toward the minor in Celtic Studies This course is an examination of the cultures of Ancient and Celtic Britain and Ireland. Visits to the British Museum and the National Museum of Ireland, students will gain an appreciation of Stone, Bronze, and Iron Age cultures. Students will see and tour archeological sites such as Stonehenge, Avebury, the Great Chalk Horse of Uffington, Bru na Boinne, and Glendalough (weather dependent). Visit Malahide Castle Attend a Gaelic Athletic Association match (weather dependent). Books purchases will not be required, as the instructor will email links and drafts of his publications to the students prior to the course.