Caherconnell Stone Fort excavation

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Caherconnell Stone Fort excavation

Postby Dave Mooney on Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:29 pm

The Arcaheological dig at Caherconnell Fort is under way as part of Heritage Week. Today they found a Whet stone, Iron blade and decorated high status medieval Bronze dress pin.

Deadly!


Normal visitor fee to fort includes close access to dig site. I think they'll answer questions also.
http://www.burrenforts.ie/
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Re: Caherconnell Stone Fort excavation

Postby Nerva on Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:16 am

Excellent! Thanks for that Dave.
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Re: Caherconnell Stone Fort excavation

Postby Iver on Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:47 am

Thank you for this Dave!
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Re: Caherconnell Stone Fort excavation

Postby Dave Mooney on Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:04 pm

Today's news from Caherconnell, Thursday the 27th, "...We found more prehistoric pottery yesterday (Wednesday). Hope to be able to say if we have a prehistoric house by Saturday".

[I hope so too lads!]

This feed available via Twitter btw but I will mirror their reports here as they come in anyway. http://twitter.com/caherconnell
Twitter feeds show on Caherconnel web site http://www.burrenforts.ie/ if you can't be bothered signing up to it.

I'm hoping to call out there tomorrow. More details to follow if I can rub them the right way.

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Re: Caherconnell Stone Fort excavation

Postby Dave Mooney on Fri Aug 28, 2009 4:47 pm

Update from the trenches : Called out to Caherconnell fort today at lunch time. Got shown through all the stuff they're pulling up. Some 300 liths. They only went and found a Late Neolithic/Early Bronze age tanged and barbed arrow head while I was there. They are digging that spot in the hopes of finding evidence of domestic structure. The liths are considered domestic as not industrial production but made as needed. The hope is to find more post holes to tally with last years ones.

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Medieval high status stick pin.
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Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age Arrow head.
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I maybe should have reduced the size of the pics. perhaps later.
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Re: Caherconnell Stone Fort excavation

Postby Billy on Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:50 pm

Great thread. Thanks for the feed.
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Re: Caherconnell Stone Fort excavation

Postby Dave Mooney on Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:10 pm

They also found a broken saddle quern, with signs of burning, likely reused as hearth stone, a rubbing stone to go with that that fits so perfect in the hand, a hammer stone with signs of impacts on two faces and other assorted rocks and stones. And I think Mr. Hull said, Bronze Age pottery shards. Also mentioned was a burned clay patch yet to be further investigated. Most of the 'working' stones are sand stone imported into the area as the rest of the place is Lime stone. This is making it easy to identify them.

They have two days of dig left. Despite the Time Team gags it's very like that with the short deadline.

I fully enjoyed my hour with Graham and Michelle. They told the public nearly as much as they did me as it's all being deliberately done as transparent as possible. Well done them.
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Re: Caherconnell Stone Fort excavation

Postby Dave Mooney on Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:36 pm

Todays up-date via Twitter

"Sunday very wet. Got some large pieces of neolithic pottery and lots more lithics. Definitely got a late neolithic domestic site - the first found on the Burren. C. 2500 BC. Will carry on digging for first half of next week."

Graham Hull said in direct text that the pottery is "Beautiful pieces of decorated neo pot..."

Dig due to finish today but they have to see it through to the natural.


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Re: Caherconnell Stone Fort excavation

Postby Dave Mooney on Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:36 pm

Just found the official image of that arrow head on the Caherconnel website.

It's a PDF http://www.archaeology.burrenforts.ie/arrowhead.pdf
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Re: Caherconnell Stone Fort excavation

Postby Dave Mooney on Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:54 pm

Aw man! 3 twitter up-dates from the dig. (Now extended past Heritage week to see it to completion).

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Twitter 1: Another wet day! Should finish tomorrow. Four neolithic post holes with pot and lithics

Twitter 2: Wet wet wet. Only managed half an hour work. Going home! So frustrating when we know we have great archaeology to dig.

Twitter 3: Lets hope tomorrow is drier

Looks like they have their house! Here's hoping it doesn't get washed away.

I'm feeling similar frustrations having rented a digger in the middle of the bloody monsoon!
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