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  on Wednesday, March 23, 2009 at 17.45 p.m.

Friars and towns. A rewiev from Britain

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Deirdre O' Sullivan

University of Leicester

This paper will revisit Le Goff's hypothesis on mendicant friaries and urban development. It will also look at the location of friaries within towns based on more recent historical and archaeological investigations.

Deirdre O’Sullivan is Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History. A graduate in History and Archaeology, her M Phil research dealt with the Early Christian Archaeology of Cumbria. She has previously worked as a field archaeologist and as a post-excavation researcher at Durham and St. Andrews. At Leicester she was responsible for introducing and running a Masters programme in Post Excavation Skills, and has directed fieldwork projects at St. Bees Priory, Cumbria, the early Christian monastery on Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Northumberland, and locally at the post-medieval pottery manufacturing centre at Ticknall, Derbyshire. Deirdre O’Sullivan’s main area of research has been the archaeology of medieval monasticism in the British Isles, spanning the period c. AD 500- 1600. However, she has a developed interest in urban archaeology and has also worked in the field of gender and representation, and with the role of archaeology as cultural heritage. Her main current project is a two-part study of medieval friaries in the British Isles, the first volume of which should appear in 2009. She is organising a conference on Medieval Monasteries in the Midlands in April 2009.

● (with R. Young) 1995 Lindisfarne: Holy Island, London: Batsford/English Heritage (second edition due 2010).
● “The ‘Little Dissolution’ of the 1520s,” Post Medieval Archaeology 40 (ii) (2006) 1-32.
● (with R. Young) “The Flint,” N. Thomas (ed.) Snail Down, Wiltshire Archaeology and Natural History Society 2005 (2006).
● “Space silence and shortage on Lindisfarne: the archaeology of asceticism” in H. Hamerow and A. Mc Gregor (eds.) Image and Power in the Archaeology of Early Medieval Britain. Essays in Honour of Rosemary Cramp Oxford: Oxbow (2001), 33-52.
● ‘Gendered Exhibitionism’ in S. Pearce (ed.), Researching Material Culture. Leicester (2000) 65-74.
● (with D. S. Hides ) “Dressed to express: women's dress and the construction of ethnicity,” in M. Donald and L. Hurcombe (ed.), Gender and Material Culture, Macmillan (2000).

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