6000 years of farming history and its impact on an island environment
|Fish curing, Clare Island c.1890, Lawrence Collection (NLI)|
|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|
- Conference report by Michael O'Connell
- Photos by Michael O'Connell
- Photos by Eilish Cramer
- Photos by Martin Steer
- Piece in Connaught Telegraph
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|