Location: Caraun Point
Season: June 15, 2020 to August 14, 2020
Session Dates: 15 June-July 24; June 15-July 10; July 13-July 24; July 27-August 7; July 27-August 14
Application Deadline: June 8, 2019
Deadline Type: Rolling
Discount for AIA members: €100
Field School, Volunteer
National University of Ireland Galway
Brian O Hara
Our 2020 program will focus on the multi-period archaeological complex at Caraun Point on the northern coast of Achill Island. Caraun Point is a small sand-covered peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. It is well-known for its rich archaeological remains, including an early medieval enclosure, a children’s burial ground, several shell middens and an early modern village of vernacular houses. In 2019, three drystone houses which date to the Post-Medieval period were excavated. Artefacts recovered from the excavation include glass and pottery sherds along with animal bone and shellfish remains. Analysis of these objects gave us an insight into the livelihood and diet of the people who lived here. One unexpected discovery was the presence of a probable Early-Medieval ringfort immediately to the west of our excavation. Habitation deposits associated with this site were evident beneath the Post-Medieval houses and some artefacts of 8th to 10th Century date were recovered. Next year’s excavation season already looks like it will be fascinating. The ringfort and some shell middens will be the focus of our excavations in 2020.
Period(s) of Occupation: 8th to 10th Century AD - 1900 AD
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks
Minimum Age: 17 years and upwards
Experience Required: None
Room and Board Arrangements:
Self-catering accommodation (sharing) in fully equipped modern Accommodation Block with everything supplied except food.
3, 6, 9 and 12 Semester Hours/ 6, 12, 18, 24 ECTS
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