A farmer on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula was surprised to find a stone-lined passageway under a rock that he had overturned in his fields.
Many stone tombs called “dolmans” are scattered across the peninsula, and this one looked different. It seemed to go underground and was in perfect condition.
The tomb is lined with vertical stones and consists of a long central chamber and an adjacent corner. Inside, an oval-shaped stone was recovered that may have been polished by human hands, while human remains were also found; These important finds have prompted the Museum of Ireland and the National Monuments Service to keep the location of the grave a secret.
Dingle archaeologist Mícheál Ó Coileáin has told the Irish Times this is a “very unusual grave”. “It is very well built and a lot of effort has been invested in putting the great finishing stone on it,” he added. The farmer was only able to evict him because he was operating an excavator.
While the need to date the grave to the Irish Bronze Age, between 2000 BC. C. and 500 a. C., was there at the beginning, the uniqueness of the tomb makes archaeologists question themselves, offering that it could also come from the early Christian age of Ireland.
Smithsonian reports that there are almost 2,000 ancient monuments on the Dingle Peninsula, which has been inhabited for 6,000 years. In the Bronze Age, the area may have been on average 2 ° C warmer, allowing for more human habitation.
“It is an extremely significant find, since the original structure has been preserved and has not been interfered with, as it may have happened in the case of another discovered tomb.” saying Dr. Breandán Ó Cíobháin, another archaeologist familiar with the region. We’ll tell you about any treasures Irish farmers may unearth below.
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