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About the 2024 Excavations

Archaeological Dig at Caraun Point

In 2024, Achill Archaeological Field School will return to Caraun Point for a third season of excavation. The primary focus of the 2024 season will be two drystone houses and a shell midden which date to the post-medieval period, or earlier. The houses are in a dynamic coastal environment which is constantly evolving due to wind and wave action. Previous excavations on the site recovered a quantity of artefacts that included glass and pottery, along with animal bone and shellfish remains. Analysis of these objects give us an insight into the livelihood and diet of the people who lived here. One unexpected discovery was the presence of a probable Early-Medieval ringfort immediately to the west of our excavation. Habitation deposits associated with this site were evident beneath the post-medieval houses and some artefacts of 8th to 10th century date were recovered.

Surveying at Caraun Point, Achill Island
Artefacts uncovered at Caraun Point, Achill Island
Excavating stone dwelling at Caraun Point
House at Caraun Point, Achill Island
Archaeology students at Caraun Point excavation, Achill Island