Submerged Mesolithic Landscape Investigation, Eleven Ballyboes, Republic of Ireland

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    Abstract

    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.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pagesonline first
    JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
    Volume44
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2015

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    Mesolithic
    Ireland
    artifact
    republic
    excavation
    flint
    prehistory
    fieldwork
    peat
    Holocene
    energy
    Republic of Ireland
    Assemblages
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    method
    Archaeological Excavations
    Prehistory
    Excavation
    Early Holocene
    Flint

    Keywords

    • Mesolithic
    • Holocene
    • peat
    • lithics
    • sea-level change
    • underwater archaeology

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