Date(s) - 27 May 2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Burren in the Bronze Age: archaeological discoveries from Glencurran Cave and Moneen Cave with Marion Dowd
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This talk will explore the rich archaeological discoveries that have been made in two caves in the Burren, both testifying to the use of these subterranean spaces as places for religious rituals. Offerings of human bones, amber beads from the Baltic, pottery and seashells of Bronze Age date were discovered in Glencurran Cave and Moneen Cave indicating that these dark spaces were of scared significance. This lecture will explore some of the possible reasons behind such rituals, at a time when the Burren was transforming into the karst landscape we know today.
Dr Marion Dowd is a Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at IT Sligo. Her principal research interest centres on caves and how they have been used and perceived by people over millennia. This has been informed by her numerous cave excavations throughout the country. Her first book, The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland (2015), won the Current Archaeology Book of the Year and the Tratman Award. Marion has also published on the interplay between folklore and archaeology, and is interested in what folklore contributes to our understanding of past people, places and objects.
The Wild Wednesday Webinars is a series webinars on the themes of farming, nature and heritage. Co-hosted by the Burrenbeo Trust and the Farming for Nature initiative, they will take place every Wednesday between 8 and 9pm, over the next few weeks. Each webinar will give us an opportunity to virtually meet and listen to a guest speaker as they talk about their ideas, experiences and lessons they have learned in their area of work. You can text in your questions toMarion during the webinar through the QnA button in your webinar window.
The Webinar is free to attend but you need to register for it using the above-mentioned link. On registration, you will be sent an email invitation to join the webinar and will be prompted to download the free Zoom app if you don’t have it already. Attending the webinar requires you to have the free Zoom app on your device (you can also download it at www.zoom.us).