Excavations show connections between Paganism and early Christianity in Ireland

Recent excavations at Caherconnell, County Clare, by the Caherconnell Archaeology Field School are shedding light on the transition from Paganism to Christianity in 5th century Ireland. Burials found in stone cists show that mourners used a combination of both religions to honor their dead.

The stone cists were found preserved beneath the later medieval structure which appears to have been built with the idea in mind of not disturbing the remains, leading experts to believe that medieval Christians chose to keep a connection with their Pagan ancestors.