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Hidden Histories of an Island Village: an Ethnoarchaeological Exploration of Westquarter Village, Inishbofin

Author(s): Katherine E Shakour ; Tommy Burke ; Ian Kuijt

Year: 2013

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While historians have a broad understanding that residential practices changed through time within 19-20th century Irish coastal villages, little research has explored the extent migration and residential continuity shape village history, let alone the underlying reasons for changes.  Focusing on the small village of Westquarter, Inishbofin, Co. Galway, Ireland, this paper explores the social and residential history from around 1800 through present day.  Centered on the dynamic intergenerational shifts within and between four major families, we track concurrent patterns of residential continuity among select family members, the relocation of other family members to other areas of Inisbofin, and the off-island migration of still other members to America, mainland Ireland and England.  Collectively the use of oral history, historical maps, and local interviews provides new insights into how and why residential patterns change within a village, and the extent to which this can be linked to archaeological data sets.


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Hidden Histories of an Island Village: an Ethnoarchaeological Exploration of Westquarter Village, Inishbofin. Katherine E Shakour, Tommy Burke, Ian Kuijt. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428384)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 584

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America