Prehistoric Cromlech Tumulus and Keem Bay Late Medieval House
The Cromlech Tumulus is connected via a pre bog field wall to a nearby Court Tomb. The archaeological investigations of 2014 revealed amazing details of the life of a prehistoric community living at Slievemore. Two large orthostatic stones led into a large enclosure where three pits were found. The remainder of the site will be excavated in 2015 and we anticipate similar exciting discoveries.
Session 2 of the Achill Field School will investigate a house in a deserted settlement at Keem Bay. Keem Bay is an isolated bay, close to the western end of Achill Island. Above the beach is a small plateau upon which are sited numerous sites of archaeological interest.
A village of 41 houses of unknown date sits on this plateau and is set within an intensely cultivated landscape of lazy beds and enclosures; nearby is a Penal altar and the remains of Captain Boycott’s Manor House. Professor Stuart Piggott undertook a survey of some of the identifiable house foundations in the village in 1946-7.
Extra events during dig: Weekly lectures/Evening lectures/ Field Trips and optional 1-2 day weekend Tours
This dig earns academic credit – 6/12/18 ECTS or 3,6,9 Semester hours.
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