The Iron Age, Roman Iron Age and Early Medieval Irish Sea Zone

About the Project

A number of related investigations examine the communities around the Irish Sea in the period from the late Bronze Age through to the Vikings. Through regional survey, geophysical prospection and selective site excavation, we can examine the following in Wales, Ireland and the Isle of Man:

  • Chronology
  • Settlement
  • Social structure
  • Interconnections.

Aspects of the research programme


Innovative methods include:

These methods give us new insights into the past and transform site detail and regional chronologies.


The environmental data recovered from excavation has greatly increased our understanding of the economy in cultures which have a limited surviving artefactual record.