Dún Aonghasa – The Guidebook


Published by the State’s Discovery Programme, this fantastically illustrated guide by Ian McCarthy has been compiled by Claire Cotter who excavated the site in the 1990s and has published two of five volumes on the archaeology of the Aran Islands and the stone forts of the western seaboard

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In this excellent guide, Cotter records that the hillfort residents of Dun Aonghusa had their own thriving bronze casting industry, producing one of the largest collections of late Bronze Age clay moulds recorded in Ireland or Britain. Swords, spearheads, knives, bracelets, pins and axes were cast there.
The author also addresses the abiding question – did half of Dún Aonghasa fall into the sea?




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