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

Abstract

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.

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Acknowledgments

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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Montgomery, P., Forsythe, W. & Breen, C. Intertidal Fish Traps from Ireland: Some Recent Discoveries in Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal. J Mari Arch 10, 117–139 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11457-015-9146-z

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Keywords

  • Intertidal fish traps
  • Ireland
  • Maritime resources
  • Post-medieval