Aims of the Society
"The object of the Society shall be to locate, preserve, examine, publish and illustrate the antiquities, records and traditions connected with the territory comprised within the ancient Kingdom of Meath, corresponding in the main with the modern Diocese of Meath."
Annual Subscription €25
Your subscription includes a copy of the current edition of Ríocht na Midhe, the annual journal of the society. Packed with interesting articles and book reviews it is a 'must' for anyone with an interest in this area.
€2,000 in Prizes for Postgraduate Research
The Meath Archaeological and Historical Society and Meath County Council Heritage Forum offer four prizes of €500 each for postgraduate research in any discipline, commencing in or after September 2011, devoted wholly or in significant part to any aspect of the heritage (archaeology, history, literature, etc.) of the Meath-Westmeath region.
Entries should be submitted in the form of one or more articles for publication in Ríocht na Midhe. Each entry must be vouched for by the writer's Supervisor of Research. Adjudication will be by a panel appointed by MAHS.
Next M. A. H. S. Programme Event.
“Excavations at Bective Abbey”, by Dr Geraldine Stout
Thursday, 16 November, Trim Library, High St., Trim, Co. Meath – 8.00pm
For our final lecture of 2017, the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society have invited Geraldine Stout to discuss the results of four seasons of archaeological excavation that took place between 2009 and 2012 at Bective Abbey, Co. Meath. Bective, founded in 1147, was the first Cistercian monastery in Meath. Research excavations revealed the farming methods practiced by this monastic order, long credited for much agricultural innovation in Ireland. The chance discovery of a medieval barn – with drainage systems, plough and grain store – proves that the abbey acted as the nerve centre of their vast (1,800ha) ecclesiastical estate farm.
Geraldine Stout, an archaeologist with the National Monuments Service, is the foremost authority on the archaeology of the Boyne Valley. She has published on various aspects of the prehistory and historical geography of the Valley including Newgrange and the Bend of the Boyne (2002) and Excavation of a secular cemetery at Knowth Site M, Co. Meath (with Matthew Stout, Wordwell, 2008). Her current research interest is the landscape of the Irish Cistercian grange. The Bective Abbey Project is one aspect of that investigation.
Inquiries to Tom French, Hon Sec., 087 4119633, or Julitta Clancy, PRO, tel 01 8259438
Schools of the Ríocht by Dr Christopher McCormack.
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