Post-Congress Field Trips

Pst-Arch1 North Mayo and Céide Fields

Dates: 1st – 3rd August 2019
Leader: Graeme Warren
Price: €325 per person sharing
Primary Focus: Archaeology

The fieldtrip will visit the scenic and archaeologically rich coastal fringe of Donegal Bay in North Mayo, north-west Ireland. Its world famous Mesolithic to Neolithic archaeology is embodied by the Céide Fields, five thousand year stone field wall systems buried under peat bogs. The trip will also visit sites containing the historically famous ‘shelly drifts’ of the region including Belderg Harbour.

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Pst:Gl-1 Clare Island, County Mayo 

Date: 1st – 4th August 2019
Leader: Prof Peter Coxon
Price: €480 per person sharing
Primary Focus: Glacial/Holocene/Archaeology
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The excursion will visit a small island (7.5 x 2.5km) off the coast of County Mayo in western Ireland. The island has a rich and diverse landscape that has been the subject of scientific study since the famous Clare Island Survey of the early 20th century. The varied landscape includes dramatic upland scenery sculpted by fast moving ice crossing the island and terminating on the western Irish shelf during the LGM. A subsequent ice readvance has left clear evidence of a moraine limit on the island. Coastal and inland exposures allow features of glacial erosion and deposition to be observed in detail. The western end of the island contains a large corrie and a moraine complex that is probably Younger Dryas in age. Abundant accommodation space in hummocky terrain has left substantial deposits of Holocene organic sediments and these provide a detailed record of the island’s vegetation history. We will take cores from these. Human occupation of the island began at least 6500 years ago and the evidence of this occupation can be seen in a variety of archaeological monuments and features. All of the field excursion on the island will be on diverse and sometimes rough and boggy terrain and will all be on foot.

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Pst:GL-2 The Quaternary Glaciation of the Mournes, Co. Down, Northern Ireland 

Date: 1st – 3rd August 2019
Leader: Dr Sam Roberson
Price: €325 per single room
€280 per person sharing
Primary Focus: Glacial

The glacial geology of Northern Ireland, like much of the UK and Ireland, is characterised by a contrast between complete ice sheet coverage during the last glacial maximum and local upland ice cap glaciations typical of average glacial conditions during the Quaternary. Recent studies by the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University have contributed to understandings of the style and timing of the Late-glacial re-advance in Co. Down, as well as the nature and extent of upland glaciations in the Mountains of Mourne. The coastal location of the Mournes has resulted in a complex interplay between local icefield glaciers, the Irish Sea Ice stream and regional scale ice cap outlet glaciers. This fieldtrip will introduce the range of glacial landforms that reflect processes operating beneath the Irish Ice Sheet at Last Glacial Maximum (glacial breaches, Rogen moraines, drumlins, glacial lineations and subglacial meltwater channels). Field visits will provide insights into the style and rate of ice retreat in the Irish Sea. We will be looking for evidence of small ice-cap style glaciation

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Pst:HL-1 Quaternary sites in the Shannon Estuary region and along the Wild Atlantic Way

Date: 1st – 3rd August 2019
Leader: Dr. Catherine Dalton
Price: €595 per single room
€565 per person sharing
Primary Focus: Holocene/Anthropocene

The fieldtrip will explore the lower river and estuarine reaches of the Shannon and sites along the Wild Atlantic Way.  Day 1 will visit a hydroelectric powerstation on the Shannon River and a quarry and cement processing plant, both of which played crucial roles in the region since the 1920s.   The afternoon will take us back in time to the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods where we will visit the remains of Grange Stone Circle and the Lough Gur archaeological landscape. The first night will be spent in Bunratty Co. Clare where delegates will attend a medieval banquet. Day 2 will tour sites along the Wild Atlantic Way from the Cliffs of Moher to Loop Head. On Day 3 participants will take to the Shannon River via a boat visiting Scattery Island. Here we will be provided with an overview of ongoing and historic land reclamation around the Shannon estuary and a very well preserved Early Christian Landscape. The Island also contains large areas of salt marshes used for reconstructing sea levels.  The return leg will tour Mooghaun hillfort built in 950BC by a workforce of over 3,500 people.

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Pst:HL-2B Burren and Aran Islands, Western Ireland: Karstic Landscapes at the Atlantic Fringe of Europe

Date: 31st July – 4th August 2019 inclusive
Leader: Prof Michael O’Connell
Price: €950 per single room
€800 per person sharing
Primary focus: Holocene and Late-glacial; karstic landscapes; palaeoecology, archaeology, biodiversity, conservation

Please note this fieldtrip departs from Ennis, Co Clare, approximately 3 hours drive from Dublin. Delegates partaking of this fieldtrip must make their own travel arrangements from Dublin to Ennis, the cost of which is not included in the trip.

This excursion concentrates on long-term human impact on the Burren and Aran Islands as reflected in the archaeological and palaeoecological records. Typical late-glacial sequences will also be demonstrated.

The Burren, Co. Clare is widely regarded one of the outstanding examples of karst in Western Europe. The lower carboniferous limestone bedrock shows many karstic features (caves, turloughs, erosion patterns etc.). The exceptionally rich flora includes an abundance of species otherwise rare in Ireland. The combination of arctic/alpine and southern/Mediterranean species is unique in an European context. Archaeologically, the area is of high importance with a high concentration of megalithic tombs and also many Iron Age and Medieval features.

Geologically, the Aran Islands are a westward extension of the Burren into the Atlantic Ocean. Rich in erratics from the last and earlier glaciations, the landscape, with its dense network of small fields enclosed by high stone walls, its large and spectacularly sited stone forts, e.g. Dún Aonghasa, and the many early Medieval monastic sites, reflects substantial and long-term human impact. Recent investigations (TIMECHS project, An Loch Mór; Discovery Programme excavations at Dún Aonghasa and other forts) provide several new insights into the long cultural history of the Islands as well as climate change history and especially during the late-glacial (unpublished) and early Holocene.

On the final day of the Excursion Inis Oírr, including An Loch Mór, will be visited (travel on Doolin-Inisheer ferry).


The following Fieldtrips are also being run by the QRA directly following the INQUA 2019 Conference

 

Pst:QGL-4 Different Styles of Younger Dryas Glaciation in the Northwestern and Central Scottish Highlands

Date: 1st – 5th August 2019

Focus: Glacial

This trip is being run in Great Britain by the British Quaternary Research Association (QRA) for INQUA2019.

Full details, including pricing and booking are available at: https://www.qra.org.uk/inqua19-field-trips/

 


Pst:QG/ArchL-5 The Quaternary of the Isles of Scilly

Date: 1st – 5th August 2019

Primary Focus: Glacial, Last glacial palaeoenvironments, Holocene

This trip is being run in Great Britain by the British Quaternary Research Association (QRA) for INQUA2019.

Full details, including pricing and booking are available at: https://www.qra.org.uk/inqua19-field-trips/

 


Pst:QHL-3 Late Quaternary Landscape Evolution, Palaeoenvironments and Human Occupation in the North of Ireland 

Date: 1st – 5th August 2019

Primary Focus: Holocene

This trip is being run in Northern Ireland by the British Quaternary Research Association (QRA) for INQUA2019.

Full details, including pricing and booking are available at: https://www.qra.org.uk/inqua19-field-trips/

 

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