AHSI Summer Conference 2017

Clare Island, Co. Mayo was the venue for the Summer Conference/Fieldtrip 2017:
6000 years of farming history and its impact on an island environment
Fish curing, Clare Island c.1890, Lawrence Collection (NLI)
Some of the 'best bits' - photos by Michael O'Connell
Members and friends (c) Michael O'Connell
Paul Gosling on the archaeology (c) Michael O'Connell

John Feehan explains the lay of the land (c) Michael O'Connell

Location: Clare Island, Co. Mayo
Venue: Clare Island Community Centre (at harbour)

Date: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 23–25 June 2017.

Leaders: Dr John Feehan and Paul Gosling kindly agreed to act as guides over the course of the weekend.

This was a special, once-off conference that aimed to celebrate and investigate farming and settlement and the impact of human activity, and also climate change on an Atlantic island environment over the course of six millennia, i.e. since farming was first introduced in the early Neolithic.

The results of more than a century of research by experts from Ireland and abroad, carried out in the context of the Clare Island surveys were presented. See here for further details of this research. A synthesis volume of the New Survey of Clare Island is now at an advanced stage of preparation. This volume, commissioned by the RIA, is the responsibility of Dr John Feehan who kindly agreed to be the guide and main contributor to the Conference.

Our two guides (c) Michael O'Connell