Dr. Mary Valante received her B.A. from Wellesley College, where she majored in both Spanish and Medieval/Renaissance Studies. At Boston College, where she recieved an M.A., she studied medieval history and Irish studies. Her Ph.D. in medieval history was earned at The Pennsylvania State University, where she also studied anthropology. While completing her dissertation on "Urbanization and Economy in Viking-Age Ireland," she held a research scholarship at the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in Dublin, Ireland. For one year after recieving her Ph.D., Dr. Valante remained at the School of Celtic Studies with a post-doctoral scholarship.
Dr. Valante has worked as a volunteer at a number of archaeological sites. These include the survey-based Crannóg Archeology Project at Loch Ennell, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland, and at an excavation of a Medieval cemetery in Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin, Ireland. While particpating in the Crannóg Archeology Project, she earned the first level certification in the course, "An Introduction to Underwater Archaeology," of the Nautical Archaeological Society.
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS:
Co-winner, Irish Chiefs' Prize in History, 1997
Winner, Center for Medieval Studies' Essay Contest, 1997, Pennsylvania State University
The Vikings in Ireland: Settlement, trade and urbanization. Four Courts Press, 2008.
"Dublin's Economic Relations with its Hinterland in the Viking Age," in Seán Duffy, Editor, Medieval Dublin I Proceedings of the Friends of Medieval Dublin Symposium 1999 (Dublin: Four Courts press, 2000), 69-83
"Reassessing the Irish 'Monastic Town'," Irish Historical Studies 31 (May 1998), 1-18.