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Ancestral Voices: from the Maritime Lakeland and Upland landscapes of Ireland West.
Talk by Michael Gibbons
The various landscapes and seascapes of the area continue to reward the efforts of field archaeologists with a steady stream of exciting discoveries coming to light. Drought conditions provided a rare window of opportunity to explore the strange dried up Turloughs of Coolepark and their surrounding tree-covered rock tables. Normally inaccessible part of the lake strewn Roundstone Bog was explored and a number of bog bound island settlements and stone causeways were revealed. Investigations In the mountains of the Connemara National Park and Joyce Country led to the identification of further examples of Prehistoric Rock Art, a number of new tombs and a range of seasonal settlements known locally as bracaí. The inexorable march of coastal changes resulting from sea-level rise continues to uncover traces of a lost drowned landscape on Inis Meáin the Cois Fharraige shore and on Clifden Bay.