The Irish Sea Landscapes will now be Explored by an Irish Research Team


Europe’s Lost Frontiers aims to explore various lost landscapes under the sea, and now they have a new member. A team from IT Sligo and University College Cork joined them, and they will travel aboard the Celtic Voyager, a research vessel from the Marine Institute.

The Irish Sea is a good area for exploration, and researchers are convinced that there are many secrets to discover. That is because there is a submerged landscape of valleys, hills and plains, from prehistoric times.

This happened after the last Ice Age when portions of land were inundated after the sea level rose. Researchers are expecting to discover evidence of human activity, since the areas of land were habitable.

The team is ready to explore

“Research by the project team has also provided accurate maps for the submerged lands that lie between Ireland and Britain and these are suspected to hold crucial information regarding the first settlers of Ireland and adjacent lands along the Atlantic corridor,” declared Prof Vince Gaffney, the main investigator of the project.

This area is a good example of palaeolandscape, and it is expected to be well preserved. Another similar landscape can be found in the North Sea, and it is called Doggerland. Prof Gaffney already explored that area.


RV Celtic Voyager took sediment from 20 sites, and the marine research team has to study them. Dr James Bonsall and environmental scientist Eithene Davis handled this stage. They both work at the Centre for Environmental Research Innovation and Sustainability (CERIS).

“It is very exciting as we’re using cutting-edge technology to retrieve the first evidence for life within landscapes that were inundated by rising sea levels thousands of years ago” declared Dr James Bonsall. According to him, this is the first time that “this range of techniques has been employed on submerged landscapes under the Irish Sea.”

Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.


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