I'm just back home in Belfast after a fantastic day in Enniskillen at the Drumclay Crannóg: The life and times of a Fermanagh lake-dwelling conference. I'm hoping to put together a comprehensive set of posts covering all the lectures given, but in the meantime, here are a selection of my photos from the day:
I just want to thank the organisers and presenters of this conference for all their hard work to produce such a great day ... there's so much to think about. Knowing how slowly I write, it may be a while before I can present any detail on who said what. Until then, I hope these snaps help convey some of the excitement and exhilaration of the day!
|The amazingly skilled wood worker was part of a living history display|
|His lathe is foot powered!|
|An example of his remarkable work|
|The Lady with the Spinning Thread!|
Living history reenactor showing the use of distaff and spindle whorl
|Ricardo the bone & antler worker's table|
|Dr. Nóra Bermingham: Weaving together the excavation results|
|Have you ever heard 200 people simultaneously say 'wow'? |
You would have today as Caitríona Moore delivered
Investigation of what the crannóg inhabitants made, used and discarded
|Ricardo's bone combs - including a reproduction of the|
Drumclay bird-headed example
|Prof. Aidan O'Sullivan (L) and Nora Bermingham (R) talk |
combs with Ricardo
|Nora Bermingham discusses spinning|
|Ricardo surveys his handiwork|
|How meta is this? Me photographing Nora Bermingham photographing|
Ricardo holding the replica of the Drumclay bird-headed comb!
|Two wood experts meet! Cathy Moore talks to the woodworker,|
|Nora Bermingham gets a masterclass in comb making|
|Dr. Eileen Reilly: Dirt, hygiene and health on early medieval settlements.|
Perhaps right after lunch wasn't the right time for this!
|Dr. Emily Murray delivers Farming and animals|
|Ian Riddler delivered an amazing insight into medieval life and what|
your comb says about you in: Teasing apart the bone and antler objects
|The Man in Black: Prof. Aidan O'Sullivan speaking on|
Why people chose to live on lakes and why Drumclay is the best
waterlogged site in the world!
|Final words: Dr John O'Keeffe draws together the strands of the|
day's papers and provides some final thoughts!