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Dr Eve Campbell – Mirrorland: The archaeology of a prehistoric sacred fen at Gortnacrannagh, Co. Roscommon


Between 2020 and 2021 archaeologists from Archaeological Management Services excavated a unique prehistoric wetland site at Gortnacrannagh, Co. Roscommon. The site comprised a river-side fen, 6km northeast of the prehistoric ‘royal’ site of Rathcroghan. Over a span of at least 3,000 years people placed human remains, animals remains and artefacts into the water at Gortnacrannagh, chief among the finds was a late Iron Age anthropomorphic figure. This talk will introduce the site of Gortnacrannagh, reflecting on what the site can tell us about past practices and beliefs.

Eve Campbell is an archaeologist, originally from County Louth, but living in County Clare. In 2020-2021 she directed archaeological excavations at the wetland site of Gortnacrannagh. She is a Senior Archaeologist with Archaeological Management Solutions.