Prehistoric fishing

19 Sep

As I was walking through the national museum of Ireland one particular object “hooked” my attention. Mesolithic fish traps are v-shaped, conical traps. These fragile artifacts were found in a bog in Clowanston Co. Meath. The fish traps consist of “slender rods and twisted wefts of alder, birch and rosewood”. I chose this artifact because I wanted learn more about pre-historic Ireland. Mesolithic cavemen would lay these traps on the shore of a body of water, awaiting prey. They represent the Mesolithic period of Ireland; a time when people first settled in the area. Like other artifacts from this era the fishing traps are primitive in construction. Having walked over from a land bridge connected to Scotland these cavemen initially resided near the shore; but slowly moved inland along rivers and lakes. Since they were solely concentrated along bodies of water fishing was no doubt instrumental to their survival – as it is to our survival today.  I learned a lot about what is most probably Ireland oldest profession. – Saeed Faghihi

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