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IrelandArchaeologists uncover megalithic monument thought to be unlike any found in Ireland to date

18:35  14 june  2019
18:35  14 june  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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A megalith is a large stone that has been used to construct a structure or monument , either alone or together with other stones. The word megalithic describes structures made of such large stones without the use of mortar or concrete

Megalithic monuments are among the earliest and most permanent of archaeological structures, and so many of them were used, or more properly, have been used and reused for thousands of years. Mounds are found on every continent on planet earth and date from the Neolithic to recent times.

Archaeologists uncover megalithic monument thought to be unlike any found in Ireland to date © IT Sligo IT Sligo Archaeology students Jazmin Scally Koulak and Eugene Anderson sieving the soil at Carrowmore excavation

AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION in Co Sligo has uncovered a megalithic momentment thought to be unlike any found in Ireland to date.

Several prehistoric tools made from a hard stone called chert were discovered and are thought to have been used for activities such as working animal hides, cutting and preparing food, basket food, basket working and bone working.

The discovery was made by a team of archaeologists from IT Sligo during a two-week excavation of a prehistoric monument in the heart of the Carrowmore megalithic complex in Co Sligo.

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PRESERVATION BY ILLUSTRATION. Megalithic Monuments of Ireland .com, is a website Megalithic monuments of ireland .com. habitation in Ireland dates back to 7,000 BC Researchers and archaeologists have also discovered that ritual practices took place at various

Dating the monuments : There are three main ways in which archaeologists date megalithic The advent of radiocarbon dating has forced archaeologists to re- think the entire the chronology of The earliest dates of construction for western European megaliths are found to be in the west of Ireland .

Archaeologists uncover megalithic monument thought to be unlike any found in Ireland to date © IT Sligo IT Sligo Archaeology students Jazmin Scally Koulak and Eugene Anderson sieving the soil at Carrowmore excavation Carrowmore in the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland, with 5,500-year-old passage tombs dating from 3,600 BC.

Archaeologists Dr Marion Dowd and Dr James Bonsall directed the excavation of a site that was formerly known as a barrow.

Barrows are circular earthen monuments surrounded by a circular ditch. These sites typically date to the Bronze Age and Iron Age, ranging from between 4,000 and 1,500 years old.

Archaeologists uncover megalithic monument thought to be unlike any found in Ireland to date © IT Sligo Archaeology students Jazmin Scally Koulak and Eugene Anderson sieving the soil at Carrowmore excavation by IT Sligo. The excavation has revealed that some unexpected results – that the monument isn’t a barrow at all.

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A Megalithic passage tomb dating back some 5,500 years has been discovered at the 18th century Dowth Hall in Co Meath. The discovery, described by archaeologists as "the find of a lifetime" is within the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site.

Unlike these uncovered chambers, the central monument seems to have had a cairn or covering mound of stones. Bone and carbon material from Listoghil was carbon dated to approximately 3500 BC.[3] The human bones found there were a mixture of Megalithic monuments in Ireland .

“Our excavations have revealed that this monument does not appear to be a barrow at all. So far, we cannot find any parallel for it in Ireland,” Dr Marion Dowd said.

The team found that the circular ditch surrounded a central raised area that consisted of a thick circular layer of stone. Inside this was a sunken area with black, charcoal-rich soils.

Archaeologists uncover megalithic monument thought to be unlike any found in Ireland to date © IT Sligo Prehistoric chert scrapers and blades found at the excavation at Carrowmore by IT Sligo. These tools would have been used for activities such as working animal hides cutting and preparing food basket working and bone working.

Several prehistoric tools made from a hard stone called chert were discovered within and around the monument.

“We have a lovely collection of chert scrapers and blades from the monument. These would have been used for activities such as working animal hides, cutting and preparing food, basket working and bone working,” Dr Dowd said, “essentially a prehistoric tool kit”.

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Originally thought to be a kind of navigational astrolabe, archaeologists continue to uncover its Sprucing up an otherwise docile English field, the prehistoric monument commonly known as The ring of megalithic stones was built approximately 4,000 years ago and was an impressive feat for the

“We are now focussed on post-excavation analyses of all the materials recovered during the excavation, and hope to have scientific dating in the next few months,” he said.

“At the moment what we can say is that we have quite an enigmatic prehistoric monument: something different and new.”

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