One of the classes that I have been taking during my semester abroad with Champlain Abroad Dublin is called Early Irish History, taught by archaeologist Naill Colfer. We’ve been exploring Ireland’s past all semester and recently took a trip to the Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford. Here we actually got the chance to see reconstructions of many of the things we’ve discussed in class!
The first thing we got to see on the tour was a Mesolithic house, used when people first came to Ireland, around 8000 BC, and lived as hunters and gatherers. Later on, the people adopted the practice of farming during the Neolithic era. We got to see examples of these sorts of houses as well and a reconstruction of a tomb from the time. When I visited the Burren in the west of Ireland I got to see an actual tomb from this period too!
Neolithic tomb at the Irish National Heritage Park
Poulnabrone dolmen is a portal tomb in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland
By: Julianna Pratt, ’16 // Early Childhood and Elementary Education One difference about my academic experience in Dublin is the opportunities that we get to explore and immerse within our classes. This semester definitely tops my college experience in terms of academic classes. The teachers in the Champlain Abroad Dublin program are all nothing short of […]
Throughout the Champlain Abroad Dublin’s Early Irish history course, we have been learning about the cultures and development of prehistoric Ireland, making our way towards medieval times. The first half of the semester focused on the Paleolithic, Megalithic, and Neolithic times of ancient history. The Paleolithic or “Old Stone Age” started approximately 9,000 years ago […]