A few months ago we wrote on this blog about the recent discoveries made by archaeologists on Spike Island during the summer. Now thanks to a special collaboration between the Irish Examiner and University College Cork a documentary covering the work and exploits of the archaeological crew can be seen online on the Irish examiner website http://www.irishexaminer.com.
The multimedia piece available to watch online, will feature a five-part series recording the work done by the Spike Island Archaeological Project on Spike Island in the summer. The Project was focused on exploring a brutal 36-year period from 1847 until 1883 when the island, which lies in East Cork (not far from Fota Island), in Cork Harbour was used as a prison depot for convicts bound for the penal colonies of Australia, Bermuda and beyond. As part of their research on Spike Island a team of 23 student archaeologists all drawn from UCC and various universities in North America spent the summer on-site in the former East Cork penal colony, to figure what life was really like for the unlucky convicts, even going so far as sampling the typical 19th century prison diet. Continue reading