Ask your questions of the archaeologists here or on the field updates!
September 9, 2019
Our new cutting is in the only part of the ringwork’s ditch that remains after excavation in the 80s.
September 6, 2019
Cutting 4 started this summer as a test trench to the depth of the 12th century occupation layer.
September 5, 2019
In Cutting 1, we found a large pocket of charcoal that could be a posthole, but only time will tell!
September 4, 2019
Work in Cutting 3 during the two-week field excavation program from Maynooth University
August 28, 2019
As part of each IAFS course’s academic content, we spend several days at the beginning of most programmes on cultural trips.
I am doing a class project and wanted to use this archaeological dig. Can you answer these questions?
1. Where? Where is the dig taking place?
2. What? What civilization(s) is being researched? What stage is the excavation in?
3. Who? Who is in charge of the dig? From where does the funding come?
4. When? When did the civilization(s) being researched live? How long has the dig been going on? How long will the dig continue?
5. Why? What is the focus of the research? What do the archaeologists hope to discover?
A great question. This is Denis, one of the primary investigators on the project. Things preserve very differently in Ireland, as everywhere, depending on context. For example in the midlands of Ireland, where I live, we have extensive raised bogs, where some of our finest organics finds have been recovered due to the anaerobic conditions. Similar preservation can also be achieved at medieval sites, like Carrick, in cess deposits and the like. It is also worth bearing in mind that we have only been occupied for c. 12,000 years based on current knowledge, so we don’t have much in the way of a Palaeolithic. At Carrick itself the preservation is actually very good. The site is only 850 years old, but is well drained, with favorable soil pH. Hope that helps and Happy Christmas.
This is Denis, one of the primary investigators on the project. Our numbers really vary on site, anything from 5 or 6 during mobilisation and shut-down to 30+ at the height of our season. We are all working simultaneously but frequently on different tasks like excavation, survey, on-site post excavation, public engagement etc. We do also frequently have specialist teams on site with the students (for example for geophysics, video diaries, ground-based LiDAR and the like). Hope that helps. Happy Christmas
Hey there, I was just wondering how many people make up your team on the site? I see there are 18 student Journals. When excavating, would everyone be working there at the same time?
I am conducting a case study on your findings and process so just was wondering what the size of the team is roughly:)
Thanks for your time,
Ariana Del Olmo Medina
I had a question regarding preservation. What elements could make it difficult in Ireland to find well perceive artifacts? Because of the high humidity, I am sure it can be a little tough on preservation.