Ferriter's Cove

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Ferriter's Cove is a small bay located at the westernmost point of Dingle Peninsula, in County Kerry, Ireland. Excavations performed in the late 20th century have provided evidence that people lived there during the Mesolithic.[1][2][3]

The excavations at Ferriter’s Cove were conducted by Peter C. Woodman. They followed a find in 1983 by an amateur archaeologist of a flint knife, believed to be from the Neolithic period.

Woodman's team found implements that in fact dated the site to the late Mesolithic. These included a grindstone, marked sandstone pebbles, shell dumps, various hearths and five mudstone axes that had been deposited together.[4] The site has been interpreted as following the model of ephemeral Later Mesolithic habitation of short term stays, and the dating suggests that the site was used intermittently over a millennium, with more or less three phases.[5] While Ferriter's Cove contained no formal burials, several pieces of human bone and teeth were found, one dating to 4225-3950 cal. BC, and the other to 4250-3980 cal. BC.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodman, P.C; Anderson, E.; Finlay, N. (1999). Excavations at Ferriter’s Cove, 1983-95: last foragers, first farmers in the Dingle Peninsula. Bray: Wordwell. ISBN 186985733X. 
  2. ^ O'Sullivan, Aidan; Breen, Colin (2007). Maritime Ireland. An Archaeology of Coastal Communities. Stroud: Tempus. pp. 30, 32, 44–6, 49–50. ISBN 978-0-7524-2509-2. 
  3. ^ "Ferriters Cove, 1986". Excavations.ie. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Woodman, P.C; Anderson, E.; Finlay, N. (1999). Excavations at Ferriter’s Cove, 1983-95: last foragers, first farmers in the Dingle Peninsula. Bray: Wordwell. ISBN 186985733X. 
  5. ^ a b Driscoll, K. The Early Prehistory in the West of Ireland: Investigations into the Social Archaeology of the Mesolithic, West of the Shannon, Ireland (2006).

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Coordinates: 52°10′27″N 10°26′48″W / 52.1741°N 10.4467°W / 52.1741; -10.4467