Maritime Archaeology

Maritime Archaeology Workshops 2015

Esteemed archaeologist, Michael Gibbons will conduct complementary Maritime Archaeology workshops with our boat divers on specific dates during 2015. Michael is one of Ireland's foremost field archaeologists and tour guides. He has worked extensively on digs in Ireland and abroad; and lectured on both sides of the Atlantic and in Australia.

What do these unique one day trips involve?

Divers will be brought to offshore islands, steeped in modern and ancient history; including Bronze Age relics, famine villages and pre-Christian sites. These historic landmarks are on the islands you know and love for diving; including Inis Deigil, Inis Barna, Crump Island, and some you have not seen yet! Caher Island, Inishshark and High Island. After a stunning morning dive, you will be placed ashore these islands, where Michael will deliver an interactive field trip of the historic treasures contained within. Following each field trip, an afternoon dive will take place on a nearby underwater site. This is an opportunity to open your mind to the wonders and secrets of our stunning coastline, plus avail of some excellent diving.

Two boat dives will take place on the day with the surface interval between the dives spent exploring the island with Michael.

Departure at 10am from the dive centre.

(High Island and Inishshark trips departure at 10am from Cleggan pier)

The field trip location and dive sites chosen on the day will depend on the weather.

Confirmed dates and the proposed archaeological sites on those dates are:

April: Saturday 20th. Crump Island

May: Saturday 18th. Caher Island

June: Saturday 1st. High Island / Friar Island

July: Saturday 20th. Inishshark Island

August: Saturday 10th. High Island

September: Saturday 28th. Caher Island

October: Saturday 12th. Crump Island / Inish Deigil

How do I book?

Simply call us on 095 43922 to book your place. All divers from Advanced Openwater and upwards, with recent cold water diving experience are welcome.

On the day bring a pack lunch, hiking boots or wellingtons, a coat and a warm hat!