Dr Emmet Marron
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow
I work primarily on Early Medieval monastic landscapes, with a focus on the Post-Roman West. Although my background is in Archaeology I take quite an interdisciplinary approach in my work and I have a particular interest in the contrast between hagiographical texts and the archaeological reality, as well as in ethnicity and ethnic identity in the period spanning the 4th to the 8th centuries.
I completed my Undergraduate Degree in Archaeology and Classical Studies at NUI Galway, before moving to The University of Edinburgh to undertake a M.Sc. in First Millennium Studies. I returned to Galway in 2008 to start my Ph.D. as a member of the Columbanus’ Life and Legacy Project, funded by the Irish Research Council and the Mellon Foundation. My work on the project focussed on the first site founded by St. Columbanus on the continent, at Annegray in Eastern France. The resulting thesis, ‘In His Silvis Silere: The Monastic Site of Annegray - Studies in a Columbanian Landscape’, questioned the traditional narrative of the site as an “Irish” monastic foundation on the continent, as well as the idea that it was founded in a wilderness location. My Ph.D. research saw geophysical prospection and excavation carried out at Annegray (the first such work carried out by a team of Irish archaeologists on the continent), while during my subsequent Post Doctorate I helped to oversee archaeology and geophysical field schools in France, Italy and Northern Ireland.
I am currently a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. My project, The Character of Monastic Landscapes in Early Medieval Europe (ChroMoLEME) aims to build on the work carried out in my earlier research by using GIS and Historical Landscape Characterisation to investigate the nature of the desertum in a number of early medieval monasteries across the Post-Roman West.