Startling new find of a 5500-year-old Megalithic Passage Tomb in Ireland is, “The Most Important Find for Half a Century”
It has been an exciting time for Irish archaeology as many ancient finds have been uncovered in recent months. The latest discovery is one of the most thrilling of all according to local experts. Archaeologists in Meath, in central Ireland, have unearthed a passage tomb cemetery – and it is several millennia old. This find is being hailed as the most important discovery from the megalithic period in Ireland for half a century and is expected to increase our knowledge of some of the first farmers in Europe and stone age society.
The discovery of the Passage Tomb
The Belfast-based company decided to conduct archaeological investigations of their lands given its rich heritage. In recent weeks there have been several archaeological finds on the company’s lands. The passage tomb was uncovered by archaeologists working for the company in association with experts from the archaeological department of University College Dublin.
Dr. Clíodhna Ní Lionáin, Devenish’s lead archaeologist for the project and her team uncovered the entrance to the passage tomb, after some preliminary digging. Passage tombs consist of a narrow passageway that leads to a number of burial chambers. The team of experts has found two small burial chambers, in the western section of the tomb. Archaeologists are investigating another two satellite tombs, that were built adjacent to the main monument. According to RTE, the Irish State broadcaster, Ní Lionáin and her colleagues have hailed the tomb as "the find of a lifetime”.
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