This book is the result of one module of the Discovery Programme’s Lake Settlement Project. The study examined the archaeology of Lough Kinale from the Mesolithic to the present. Lake archaeology is an under-studied aspect of Irish archaeology and this book is designed to contribute to a better understanding of that topic.
Lough Kinale was selected for study because a soft-bed lake was likely to provide good environmental information. A general review of the material from Lough Kinale showed that distinct human indicators existed for the Mesolithic period, the early medieval period and later. There was also potential for examining the question of the construction in the Mesolithic of man-made islands. This is one of the outstanding questions in lake settlement research and might explain the context of many of the late Mesolithic artefacts found on lakeshores in different parts of Ireland. Other issues that could be addressed at Lough Kinale included the building and use of larger high-cairn crannogs in proximity to each other. There are three large crannogs here, two of which have yielded rich artefact material. Were they in use at the same time and what was their social meaning?
(The Discovery Programme Lake Settlement Project: Discovery Programme Monograph No. 8) (Dublin, Wordwell for the Discovery Programme 2010), 292 ++