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From foraging to farming

From foraging to farming

Bill Daly
Oughterard Culture & Heritage Group

Last year we looked at the arrival of the first settlers to Oughterard, and these were the Mesolithic people who foraged and fished along the banks of the Owenriff River and along the edges of Lough Corrib.
For our online Heritage Week project this year we looking at the next stage which is the Neolithic period (4,000 – 2,500 BC). This was the first global revolution and saw the migration from foraging and fishing to the domestication of animals, the growing of cereal crops, the emergence of pottery ware and leading on to the building of the megalithic tombs.
In and around Oughterard we are represented right across the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age/ Early Christian as well as the subsequent historical periods up to the present day. We have had a continuity of settlement here on the western shores of Lough Corrib for the greater part of 8,000 years.

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