Skellig Michael fort may have pre-dated monastery

The precariously-perched UNESCO world heritage site Skellig Michael, in Kerry, Ireland, is known for housing monks from the 6th through 8th centuries, but new discoveries may prove that an earlier fort existed on the site.

Archaeologists have recently found several flights of steps which may show that a citadel existed prior to the arrival of the monks. “Staircases are the key to Skellig Michael’s historical chronology, since the sixth century or further back, and up until the period when the Commissioners of Irish Lights would also have created access routes,” said independent archaeologist Michael Gibbons, who has appealed to the State body to take a sensitive approach to new discoveries.