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New survey of Clare Island 1989 - 2000
Irish Academy, the original sponsors of the
First Survey, long recognized the need for a follow-up study.
Research students from Ireland and abroad have spent time on the island, investigating their field of expertise. Some of the new research has fuelled lively debates,as in the geology of the island. In other cases, notably the archaeology, the original work has been completely overturned.
The continued scientific interest in Clare Island through the New Survey has not only added to scientific knowledge in general but has provided to those of us observing 'science in action', valuable insights into the practice of scientific fieldwork.
The original Survey in conjunction with the current work provide the basis for much of the material in our booklet "Studying an Island"and what is offered here.