Thanks to its relatively low-intensity agriculture, the Dingle Peninsula has some of our best preserved archaeological landscapes. It particularly abounds with early medieval sites. The iconic drystone beehive huts, known as clocháns, occur here in greater numbers than anywhere else in Ireland. But what were these structures? You’ll also see how people in more recent centuries took inspiration from the early medieval sites, with their own clocháns!

As this was recorded in the open on the wind-swept Dingle Peninsula the audio may occasionally diminish. We recommend using the captions to make sure you don’t miss a thing. When you have finished this video, press the Next Lesson button below the video to proceed to the next stage of this TimeTour of the Dingle Peninsula