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Submerged Mesolithic landscape investigation, Eleven Ballyboes, Republic of Ireland

Submerged Mesolithic landscape investigation, Eleven Ballyboes, Republic of Ireland
Submerged Mesolithic landscape investigation, Eleven Ballyboes, Republic of Ireland
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.
Mesolithic, Holocene, peat, lithics, sea-level change, underwater archaeology
1057-2414
243-257
Westley, K.
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Westley, K.
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Westley, K. (2015) Submerged Mesolithic landscape investigation, Eleven Ballyboes, Republic of Ireland. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 44 (2), 243-257. (doi:10.1111/1095-9270.12114).

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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.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 8 June 2015
Keywords: Mesolithic, Holocene, peat, lithics, sea-level change, underwater archaeology
Organisations: Geology & Geophysics, Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 378666
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/378666
ISSN: 1057-2414
PURE UUID: 0f0742cd-9074-4c42-a672-7c4693d4ddb0

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Date deposited: 06 Jul 2015 09:06
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 06:06

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Author: K. Westley

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