Archaeological Digs in the Glens of Antrim: Past, Present and Future
This illustrated talk featuring ‘Castle Carra’ will take place on Friday 22nd May at 8.30pm in St Mary’s Parish Centre, Cushendall. Admission is free to members and non members are most welcome to attend(admission £3).
This lecture will summarise the main archaeological excavations which have taken place in the Glens of Antrim and its immediate hinterland over the past century, beginning with Harvard Archaeological Mission to Ireland uncovering evidence of ancient hunter gatherers at Larne and Cushendun in the 1930’s and continuing through to excavations of prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval sites carried out by Queen’s University Belfast and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and other institutions in the twenty-first century. The lecture will address significance of these excavations, how they have enhanced our understanding of the sweep of history in the Glens of Antrim and the close relationship between aspects of the archaeological record in east Ulster and the west of Scotland. In addition some potentially fruitful areas for future archaeological research in the Glens of Antrim will be proposed.
Cormac McSparron graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Modern History from QUB and an Mphil degree at QUB entitled “The Medieval Coarse Pottery of Ulster”. He worked for the Environment and Heritage Service on excavation and post-excavation projects from 1991 to 1995 and was active in private sector rescue archaeology from 1997 to 2001 before joining the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork as a Fieldwork Director in 2002. He has directed and published a number of important excavations of varying types and periods and has a wide range of research interests, including the early Irish Neolithic, early and later Medieval Coarse Potting Traditions and the application of radiocarbon dating to archaeological problems.