In 1909-11 Robert Lloyd Praeger brought a team of 100 European multidisciplinary specialists to map the flora, fauna, geology and archaeology of Clare Island, a small, exposed Atlantic island off the west coast. The gathering led to the publication of the path-breaking Clare Island Survey. A century later the survey was repeated as the New Survey of Clare Island (1992-2022) and both works were published extensively by the Royal Irish Academy. This fifth volume in the new series is concerned with the archaeological dimensions of the island. It shows that despite its small size and remoteness, Clare Island possesses an impressive array of field monuments. The 5000-year-old megalithic tomb, the dozens of fulachtai fia and the series of spectacularly sited coastal promontory forts all offer fascinating insights into prehistoric settlement. A well-preserved series of architectural remains, including two early nineteenth-century lighthouses and a signal tower, as well as a medieval castle and the Abbey, illuminate island life from medieval times down to the nineteenth century.
Conleth Manning is a Senior Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. He has a particular interest in medieval archaeology and architecture and has directed excavations at many sites around the country including Clonmacnoise, the Rock of Cashel, Roscrea Castle and Dublin Castle. A monograph on his excavations at Clogh Oughter Castle, Co. Cavan, was published in 2013. He is a past president of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland and of the County Kildare Archaeological Society.
Paul Gosling is a professional archaeologist and a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland. He lectures on Built Heritage in the Department of Heritage & Tourism, GMIT. Paul Gosling is co-editor of two volumes in the New Survey of Clare Island Series, New Survey of Clare Island Volume 4: The Abbey (2005) and New Survey of Clare Island Volume 5: Archaeology (2007).
John Waddell is a former Professor of Archaeology and Head of the School of Geography and Archaeology at NUI Galway. A graduate of NUI, Galway (then University College, Galway), he studied at the University of Glasgow and worked in the National Museum of Ireland before returning to Galway in 1970. Appointed Professor of Archaeology in 1998, he is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. His research interests lie mainly in the archaeology of prehistoric Ireland and in the prehistoric relationships between this island and Britain and Continental Europe. He is co-editor of two volumes in the New Survey of Clare Island Series, New Survey of Clare Island Volume 4: The Abbey (2005) and New Survey of Clare Island Volume 5: Archaeology (2007).