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Peter Woodman


The pleasure of finding things out

Unlike many other parts of Europe, much of the North West Atlantic Littoral was only occupied or in some case re occupied either at first   or sometime after the beginning of the Holocene. Ireland, in particular, appears to be first occupied at a surprisingly late date. This lecture will examine the reasons why initial settlement of Ireland should be so late. It will also discuss the series of local adaptations that took place during the Irish Mesolithic. The Irish case will be considered in the context of what is known about the earliest phases of the Mesolithic of adjacent parts of Europe. This will deal particularly with evidence from Britain and Scandinavia.”

Peter Woodman, BA, PhD, DLitt (QUB) is a graduate in Archaeology from The Queen’s University of Belfast. He was first employed as Assistant Keeper of Prehistoric Antiquities at the Ulster Museum, Belfast. He has carried out excavations at Mt Sandel, Co. Derry and Newferry, Co. Antrim. He was appointed Professor of Archaeology at UCC in 1983. Since then he has excavated at Ferriter’s Cove, Co. Kerry, and Killuragh Cave, Co. Limerick. His research interests lie in the areas of the early human settlement and ecology of Ireland and Atlantic Europe and the antiquarian history of Archaeology. He retired in 2006 as Professor of Archaeology in UCC, but continues to work on various research projects.


Peter Woodman, at excursion during MESO2005, Belfast. Photo H. Bjerck