A Viking Age maritime haven: a reassessment of the island settlement at Beginish, Co. Kerry
Stummann Hansen, Steffen
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh
Wordwell Ltd; Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland
The results of O'Kelly’s excavations on Beginish Island are reassessed and it is proposed that there was a long-lived settlement there that functioned as a Viking-age maritime way-station. This re-evaluation is conducted in the light of recent scholarship on the nature of Scandinavian and Hiberno-Scandinavian settlement in Ireland and, in part, is based on the finds that have emerged on Beginish since the conclusion of the excavations there. The site is considered in the context of its location on the sea route that joined Hiberno-Scandinavian Cork with Limerick, and it is suggested that other such way-stations await.
Beginish Island , Excavations , Hiberno-Scandinavian settlement , Ireland , Hiberno-Scandinavian Cork , Limerick , Ireland , Maritime way-station , Viking Ireland , Viking archaeology
Sheehan, J., Stummann Hansen, S. and Ó Corráin, D. (2001) 'A Viking-age maritime haven: a reassessment of the island settlement at Beginish, Co. Kerry,' Journal of Irish Archaeology, 10, pp. 93-119.
© 2009 Wordwell Ltd; Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland. This is an authenticated version of an article that has been published in the Journal of Irish Archaeology. Vol. 10 (2001), pp. 93-119.