Standing in Their Footprints
BY Ian Kuijt
It is almost always clear when archaeological research projects start. It is that brief and unplanned moment when someone connects in a deeply personal way with the world of the past, of someone else’s world, and sees the need to learn more.
In my case, it was in 2006 when I was having lunch on the remote island of Inishark, County Galway, eight miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. Shark never had electricity or much of a port, and when the last 25 people left the Irish island on October 20, 1960, they left behind a village of stone houses, outbuildings and a graveyard where their relatives were buried.