The Céide Fields

Public study seminar on the award-winning place and its context
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Those attending the seminar will have the opportunity – in the company of experts from various sectors – to discover more about the unique natural and cultural features of an archaeological site and its historical and geographical context. They will also learn more about the issues facing this site in its remote rural setting on an island in the far north-western reaches of Europe, which range from landscape and heritage conservation to balancing the management of the site and the necessary tourist development with the life and work of the local community.


Opening speech and coordination by

Patrizia Boschiero and Luigi Latini.


Finola O’Kane Crimmins, architect, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin

Walls, Roads, Ditches and Fields. An Introduction to Irish Landscape 1640-1900;

Massimo Rossi, historical geographer, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche

Words in Maps: Ireland Seen by Cartographers;

 Martin Downes, biologist and paleoenvironmentalist, emeritus professor, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Céide Fields area: past, present, future;


Second session:

Graeme M. Warren, archaeologist, head of the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin

Geology and prehistoric archaeology in the north Mayo area;

 Gretta Byrne, archaeologist, Office of Public Works, manager of the Céide Fields site

Management of the Céide Fields archaeological site and its Visitor Centre. Its history, present situation and future perspectives;

 Seamas Caulfield, archaeologist, emeritus professor,School of Archaeology, University College Dublin

The Céide Fields and Belderrig valley: 84 years of research;

José Tito Rojo, botanist and garden historian, Universidad de Granada

The archaeology of gardens and cultivated land.


The seminar will also call upon the participation of other guests from Ireland, the 2018 Carlo Scarpa Prize work group and the Scientific Committee of the Foundation.

The morning session will end with a discussion, in which everyone present is invited to participate.