I headed back to Caherconnell, Co. Clare, Ireland, to work with Dr. Michelle Comber in the spring/summer of 2016!
Caherconnell was the first archaeological complex that I worked on after returning to Ireland from Lesotho in 2010 to begin my doctoral research. I also spent the next two summers participating in this Royal Irish Academy funded excavation of an early Christian sub-square dry-stone built enclosure situated just down the hill from the Stone Fort and Visitor Centre. Some of the metallic artefacts from these three seasons have recently been posted on Facebook by Dr. Comber and they are stunning!
This time, I lent a helping hand at the Archaeological Field School, also directed by Dr. Comber, which is fully accredited through our alma mater the National University of Ireland, Galway. The Field School concentrates on the Stone Fort itself, a 10th century AD royal settlement, which is open to the public through the Visitor Centre (which has wonderful cafe!). This working farm and tourist destination is run by Mr. John Davoren, the landowner, and is a shining example of archaeology integrated into a sustainable family business.
Caherconnell is located in the striking karst landscape of the Burren, Co. Clare. The Burren is a popular destination for tourists, especially those with an interest in archaeology, geology, botany and adventure sports. More information can be found at these links: