- 2001-2004 (Creation)
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James Lyttleton is an archaeologist living in Bristol. He has taught medieval and post-medieval archaeology in University College Cork, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Maynooth University. In 2006 he completed a PhD in UCC looking at the architecture and settlement of the seventeenth-century Jacobean plantations in Co. Offaly. In 2008 he was awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship in Memorial University of Newfoundland to carry out a comparative archaeological study of settlements established by the Lords Baltimore in seventeenth-century Ireland, Newfoundland and Maryland. Over the years, James has co-edited and contributed to a number of books looking at aspects of medieval and early modern Ireland. He has also written a number of books: Blarney Castle, an Irish tower house (Dublin, 2011); The Jacobean Plantations in seventeenth-century Offaly: an archaeology of a changing world (Dublin, 2013); and An archaeology of Northern Ireland, 1600–1650 (Belfast, 2017). He currently works as a Senior Heritage Consultant with AECOM UK and Ireland, an environmental and engineering consultancy.
Accumulated by Dr Lyttleton during the period 2001 - 2004 in the course of his research on the architecture of seventeenth century Offaly. Donated to Offaly History in 2019.
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Research papers and field notes of Dr James Lyttleton gathered as part of his doctoral research, which looked at the architecture and settlement of the seventeenth-century Jacobean plantations in Co. Offaly.
The research notes relate to tower houses, fortified houses, dwelling houses, religious sites, castle sites and bawns.
For each building there is an individual file with photographs, a written report, maps and plans, and a field sheet providing details on the existent structures.
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The original arrangement of Dr Lyttleton's has been retained in six series grouped by type of architectural structure. Within the series, the sites are arranged alphabetically by name.
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By appointment only. Please email [email protected] for more information.
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Reproduction permitted for research and private study only as per the Copyright and Related Rights Act (2000). No reproduction in print, online, or broadcast, without prior permission.
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J. Lyttleton, The Jacobean Plantations in seventeenth-century Offaly: an archaeology of a changing world (Dublin, 2013)
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Originally arranged and box-listed in 2020 by Lisa Shortall. Completed in 2022 by Michelle Guenter.