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Iron, Bronze & Stone Age heritage tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 4 reviews.Castlecove, Ireland

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Experience hosted by Even

2 hours
Includes transport
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

My 'time travel' trip, which was aired national television in December 2019, takes you back in time from the Iron Age to the Bronze Age and all the way back to the the Neolithic/Stone Age. At each of our three stops, we visit a monument that is of international importance and characteristic of the age to which it belongs. Moving seamlessly from one monument to the next, we are also traveling back in time. We meet at Staigue Fort where you go in advance of our tour and wander at your leisure around this rare and magnificent Iron Age fort. We then hike (40 minutes return) to a Bronze Age copper mine with magnificent views and discuss how the copper was mined and smelted during the momentous transition from the Stone Age to the Metal Ages. Finally, we drive a short distance to an iconic example of 5000 year old open-air megalithic art ('rock art'). Revealed by peat cutting in the 1830s, it is among the most important examples in the country. Open-air megalithic art is my particular area of expertise, a fascinating monument type about which I am very knowledgeable.
My 'time travel' trip, which was aired national television in December 2019, takes you back in time from the Iron Age to the Bronze Age and all the way back to the the Neolithic/Stone Age. At each of our three stops, we visit a monument that is of international importance and characteristic of the age to which it belongs. Moving seamlessly from one monument to the next, we are also traveling back in time. We meet at Staigue Fort where you go in…

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What's included

  • Transport
    Jeep - 7 seater
From ₹3,143
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Meet your host, Even

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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An archaeologist, I am a prehistorian doing research in University College Cork on openair megalithic art - and am particularly interested in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Active in heritage societies and archaeological field work, I have reported over 120 archaeological sites, many of which are very important finds with implications for our understanding of our prehistoric past in Kerry. I have been talking groups on tours for ten years and particularly value the feedback and suggestions I get - another perspective can be really inspiring. I live in Caherdaniel, a beautiful place whose continued importance since prehistory is evident in the openair megalithic rock panels I have discovered here, as well as Bronze Age and primitive copper mines (a rare monument type, I recently discovered a copper mine here), Iron Age and Medieval sites.
An archaeologist, I am a prehistorian doing research in University College Cork on openair megalithic art - and am particularly interested in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Active in heritage societies and archaeological field work, I have reported over 120 archaeological sites, many of which are very important finds with implications for our understanding of our prehistoric past in Kerry. I have been talking groups on tours for ten years and particularly value the feedback and suggestions I ge…
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Where you'll be

Our first stop is an Iron Age Fort - it is one of three most important forts in Ireland, along with Grianan an Ailleach and Dun Aonghasa. Copper mines are difficult to find and are very rare in Ireland with only 9 primitive copper mines in Kerry and none at all in most of the country. The 5000 year old openair megalithic art ('rock art') dates to the Neolithic and shares many similarities with the megalithic art in passage tombs like Newgrange.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 4 reviews.

Karey
August 2019
Even is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about Irish archeology. She took us on a unique adventure and showed us things that are “off the beaten path,” some of which she was the first to discover! She is warm and friendly as well, with great stories to share. Highly recommend!
Even is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about Irish archeology. She took us on a unique adventure and showed us things that are “off the beaten path,” some of which she was…
Tom
August 2019
Even is absolutely brilliant! She is professional as well as personable. Her passion shows. We had a delightful full half day visit and walking tour with Even . She is a master storyteller and full of knowledge which she shared with our family. It was truly a lifetime experience. There is much to see and experience with this wonderful archaeologist. Her competency is unmatched in her field.
Even is absolutely brilliant! She is professional as well as personable. Her passion shows. We had a delightful full half day visit and walking tour with Even . She is a master st…
John
August 2019
Brilliantly unique experience! Absolutely not something you can set up for yourself, not would you want to! She made history real on the trip. Be prepared to hike, but it's worth it!
Katie
August 2019
Wonderful hike with Even. Highly recommend if you are in the area and up for a hike. We loved getting off the beaten path. Special thanks to Dave as well!

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Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

Suitable hiking gear, (hiking shoes, trousers) etc is essential. A moderate level of fitness is required. It is always wise to have water and a snack.

What to bring

sturdy footwear and long trousers as some of the terrain has prickly plants