Journal of Maritime Archaeology

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 117–139 | Cite as

Intertidal Fish Traps from Ireland: Some Recent Discoveries in Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal

  • P. Montgomery
  • W. ForsytheEmail author
  • C. Breen
Original Paper


Fish traps are one of the most widespread and enduring features of the maritime landscape. Recent research in Ireland has identified a great number of traps, most of which date from the early to late medieval periods. This paper presents the findings of a recent survey of Lough Swilly in north-western Ireland where a series of fish traps offers new insights into the survival, diversity and role of these sites in the post-medieval period.


Intertidal fish traps Ireland Maritime resources Post-medieval 



Our thanks to Brian Scott. Also Karl Brady and Connie Kelleher of the Underwater Archaeology Unit (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht); The Royal Irish Academy Radiocarbon Dating Scheme, Lar Dunne, Lorna O’Donnell, Aoife Daly (University College Dublin), Stephen Hoper (Queens University Belfast), Kieran Westley, David Rogers and Joost Van Kogelenberg.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Maritime ArchaeologyUlster UniversityColeraineUK

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