The Mesolithic Period
(Middle Stone Age 7000-4000 BC) shows a typical Camp Site, how
its inhabitants lived, which tools they used, how they dressed
and the different types of burial rituals. The site is based on
The Neolithic Period (New
Stone Age 4000-2000 BC). Early farming techniques at the Farmstead
with a clear display of crop and growing techniques.
The Bronze Period (2000-500
BC) was the start of the technological revolution with the introduction
of copper and bronze, which allowed a wider range of durable weapons
and household goods to be made. Various burial customs can be
seen, as well as the "Stone Circle", a sacred place
used for the performance of special rituals whose nature and purpose
remain a mystery.
The Celtic/Early Christian Period
(500 BC-1169 AD) produced the earliest forms of writing, with
letters being represented by various numbers of strokes or notches
along the edge of the Ogham standing stones. An early Christian
Monastery shows how Christianity arrived in Ireland in the 4th
century with missionaries sent by the Pope in Rome. The reconstruction
is based on archeological evidence from a 10th century monastery.
Skills in corn drying, storage, malt production and watermills
are clearly displayed. Different cooking and heating methods with
the use of hot stones or stone ovens give an insight into living
habits. Later, the development of woodcrafting enabled tools,
boats, jetties and canoes to be built and sophisticated items
of jewellry, leather and glasswork started to be made. A Viking
shipbuilder's yard and house are not to be missed.
The Early Norman Period
(1169-1190 AD) features an early Norman castle and the first Norman
fortifications in Ireland. Round towers offered protection from
raiders seeking to plunder the monasteries for gold and silver.