Caherconnell: digging medieval Gaelic Ireland

  Like many of the projects I have worked on during this year of digs, the Caherconnell Archaeology Field School is revealing evidence of past activities through excavation – in this case at Caherconnell cashel in the Burren region of western Ireland. A caher (or cashel from the Irish word Caiseal – ‘stone fort’) is a farmstead enclosed by a… Read more →

Three field schools: learning archaeology in Ireland

Since the early medieval period when monks created beautiful illuminated manuscripts, Ireland has been known as an island of learning. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that many students of archaeology flock to Ireland to have their first experience with fieldwork, this archaeologist included! In 2006 as an untested undergraduate I traveled to the west of Ireland to learn how… Read more →

Αντίο Greece! Goodbye Ελλάδα!

As the sun sets on month six of Global Archaeology one thing that stays with me from my time on the Cycladic island of Naxos is the image of the Aegean Sea shining in the rose tinted sunrise. This is not something the average tourist sees while on holiday but if you are an archaeologist heading early to site you… Read more →

Digging Deep Time: stone tools at Stélida

As an average person with an average lifespan, it’s very difficult to wrap your head around a time span of 1 million years. This is the amount of time that has passed since hominins first moved into Europe from Africa, during a period called the Lower Palaeolithic before modern humans had even evolved. It has always been assumed that these… Read more →

Totsiens South Africa! Goodbye!

Although I was only in South Africa for two weeks it was a very full experience. After arriving in Cape Town and visiting Robben Island I met up with some of the Pinnacle Point archaeology team and we set off east towards Mossel Bay. Along the way we stopped for lunch at the Bon Courage Estate and sampled some of… Read more →

High tech digging in South Africa – Pinnacle Point

I’m spending month five of Global Archaeology with a large team of archaeologists and volunteers at the Pinnacle Point cave shelter site in South Africa. The team is investigating the earliest evidence for human coastal foraging and the excavations are unearthing stratigraphy that dates from 50 000 years ago to as much as 90 000 years ago! The lives of… Read more →