Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Tyler O’Brien, Honors Thesis Advisor, Anthropology


Clare (Ireland)--Civilization; Clare (Ireland)--History;


Some of the most intriguing mysteries in archaeology surround monuments that are all that remains of cultures that have left almost no record of their existence. Their beliefs have been lost to the ages and the purpose of the monuments they built along with them. Yet with proper analysis, it may be possible to learn about a site’s purpose and significance in the society in which it was built. One site in particular is Knockloon Hill in County Clare, Ireland (fig. 1 &2). Though it may not be as grand or impressive as other sites, it may hold the key to filling in important gaps in current knowledge. The site has only recently been excavated and the full importance of the site itself and that of the artifacts found there has yet to be fully realized. An analysis may be able to answer questions about the ritual significance of the site and its place in the historical record.

Year of Submission



Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


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