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Submerged Mesolithic Landscape Investigation, Eleven Ballyboes, Republic of Ireland

Westley, K (2015) Submerged Mesolithic Landscape Investigation, Eleven Ballyboes, Republic of Ireland. The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 44 (2). online first. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1095-9270.12114/full

DOI: DOI: 10.1111/1095-9270.12114


This paper reports on the first systematic attempt to conduct archaeological survey and excavation for submerged prehistory on the island of Ireland. Fieldwork was conducted in two small bays where Early Mesolithic flint artefacts washed ashore hinted at the presence of a submerged assemblage. Methods employed include non-intrusive survey, hand coring and excavation. Together, these allowed identification of the artefact source, albeit reworked, in one bay and an early Holocene peat in the other. Though the subtidal assemblage is reworked and relatively small, it is significant in an Irish context and more widely illustrates the potential preservation of prehistoric sites and palaeo-landscapes in high-energy settings.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Mesolithic;Holocene;peat;lithics;sea-level change;underwater archaeology
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Maritime Archaeology
Environmental Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:31802
Deposited By: Dr Kieran Westley
Deposited On:16 Jun 2015 05:37
Last Modified:16 Jun 2015 05:37

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