Excavations at Carrowmore and Cloncha 2011-2016

The link below contains an update on the surveys and excavation works carried out at Carowmore and Cloncha over recent years by the Bernician Studies Group, as published in the Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Vol 72, 2013–14. All works on the sites have government approval under licence. 

Download the document here: Cloncha and Carrowmore Update Dec. 2016

There are also maps of Inishowen showing key sites involved and examples of material excavated under licence. 

It is hoped the group will continue their work in 2017 with a major focus of Cooley monastic settlement, the graveyard and old church.

As a result of this work, some of our major religious sites in the peninsula are now attracting visiting groups. The research to date will aid further study and highlight the importance of the monastic clusters along the Wild Atlantic Way. New signage at viewing points on the Wild Atlantic Way will direct visitors to the locations under review. The work which has been undertaken so far is the first major attempt to understand the archaeology of the sites involved.

Sean Beattie

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