UM Lecture to Explore Irish Coastal Villages

October 31, 2017

Ian KuijtMISSOULA – An expert on Irish tenant-farming will present a lecture Friday, Nov. 3, at the University of Montana.

Ian Kuijt, a professor of archaeology at the University of Notre Dame, will present “Living on the Landlord’s Island: Island Homes, Fishing and Improvement in 18th to 20th Century Irish Coastal Villages” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Jeannette Rankin Hall Room 202.

Sponsored by UM’s Department of Anthropology, the event is free and open to the public. It should appeal to historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and anyone interested in Irish history.

Kuijt will discuss the material linkages between the transition around 1900 from tenant-farming under control of the landlord to individual ownership, as well as the material footprint of a national policy of improvement as seen through the lens of changing residential housing.

Drawing upon ethnoarchaeology, vernacular architecture and village phasing, detailed historical maps, ownership records and detailed computer mapping, his research presents a multidimensional exploration of national improvement policy and changing material life within Irish Island communities.

Kuijt directs the Coastal Landscapes of the Irish Coast project. More information about the project is online at



Contact: Anna Prentiss, UM anthropology professor, 406-243-6152, .