Archaeological excavation of a pre-Famine village at Keem Bay and a major prehistoric site at Slievemore on Achill Island.

In 2017, the Field School will be working on two different projects. The first half of the summer (Modules 1, 3 and 5) will be spent at the 18th- and 19th-century relict village site at Keem Bay. This will be our third major season at this site,  having excavated two buildings at the settlement in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 we plan to dig a third building in an attempt to properly understand the nature of the settlement at this curious site.

The second half of the summer (Modules 2, 4 and 6) will continue excavations at the ‘Cromlech Tumulus’ site on Slievemore Mountain, a complex site that consists of a large Middle Bronze Age building overlain by smaller medieval huts and connected to a nearby Neolithic tomb by a large prehistoric field wall. This will be the fourth season of excavation at this challenging site.

The Keem Bay Project 2017

Prehistoric Slievemore 2017