This month sees the culmination of a research project investigating Irish romanesque stonework, kindly grant-funded by the Royal Irish Academy.romanesque-1

Romanesque is a term used to describe an artistic style of architecture, sculpture, metalwork and painting found across Europe from the 11th to the 13th century. In Ireland, ‘Hiberno-romanesque’ stonework includes architectural elements such as carved doorways, arches and windows, as well as Irish romanesque stone sculpture. romanesque-2

This research project examines continuity between early medieval and romanesque stonework, the palette of stone types used in Irish romanesque buildings, and investigates the form and extent of medieval quarries and evidence of stone-working at early medieval and romanesque sites in Ireland. The project was grant-funded under the RIA Archaeology Research scheme 2016.