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Caherconnell Stone Fort
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The Archaeological Dig at Caherconnell Stone Fort during August 2008.
An Aerial view of Caherconnell Stone Fort.
Caherconnell Stone Fort in the heart of the Burren had its second archaeological dig during heritage week 2008. Owned and operated by the Davoren family, Caherconnell Stone Fort has been the gateway to the forts and tombs of the Burren since its opening in March 2003.
The excavation was spearheaded by Dr. Michelle Comber of NUI Galway and archaeologist Graham Hull of TVAS, based in Crusheen. A team of academics and specialists supported the dig by agreeing to examine the finds. The aim of the dig was to investigate and date what appeared to be an underground passage known as a souterrain attached to this high-status fort.
Key insights into the status and use of Caherconnell Stone Fort were unearthed in the 10-day archaeological excavation undertaken during Heritage Week 2007.
Described in academic studies as "a perfect fort", Caherconnell Stone Fort is twice the size of the standard cashels that are now under study in the Burren. One of Irelands best preserved Stone Forts, Caherconnell is 40 metres in diameter compared to the average of 20 metres in other forts. The thick stone walls rising to over 3 metres in places "show that considerable resources, particularly labour, would have been needed to build the cashel" according to Dr. Michelle Comber of NUI Galway who is currently researching early medieval settlements in the Burren.
To read about the unique artifacts found during the 2007 dig click here
To read about the 2008 dig and it's surprising findings click here
To read the report on the bone finds from the 2008 Dig click here.