Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Megalithic Passage Tomb That Dates Back 5,500 Years Has Been Discovered In County Meath, Ireland

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Archaeologists have hailed the exciting new discovery of the Megalithic tomb as the "find of a lifetime."

Archaeologists have hailed a new discovery as the “find of a lifetime” after a 5,500-year-old Megalithic passage tomb was uncovered in County Meath in Ireland. The tomb is located at Dowth Hall which encompasses the famous Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site.

As report, the discovery of the tomb came about after excavations were performed by University College Dublin School of Archaeology who were working in conjunction with the company Devenish.

So far archaeologists have found two burial chambers that were located in one section of the main part of the tomb which had previously been covered by an extremely large stone cairn.

Archaeologists have also recovered six kerbstones from the Megalithic tomb that they say would have all been part of a ring that wound around the perimeter of the cairn. The kerbstones themselves were beautifully decorated, with one found covered in elaborate Neolithic carvings.

This particular stone has been described as one of the most magnificent pieces of Neolithic art that has ever been found in Ireland, according to Dr Stephen Davis of the UCD School of Archaeology.
'Find of a lifetime' as Megalithic passage tomb discovered at Dowth Hall in Co Meath

 https://www.rte.ie/news/leinster/2018/0716/979038-dowth-hall-meath-megalithic/ …

It was made during an excavation carried out by  @ucdarchaeology and agri-technology company Devenish

Owen Brennan, the Executive Chairman of Devenish, explained that part of the reason why his company chose this location for their agri-technology company to work in is down to the gorgeous landscape that surrounds the Megalithic passage tomb as well as the highly fertile soil which can be readily found here.

Brennan then went on to add that his company is, after all, following a rather long and illustrious line of other past civilizations that also chose to live and carry out their work in the same space, including some of the very first farmers of Ireland.

With such a large discovery as this, archaeologists will be busy for the foreseeable future investigating this newly found Megalithic passage tomb in County Meath, Ireland.

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