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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Antler hammerhead found in cave ‘likely to be prehistoric’
An antler hammerhead found in a
Burren cave is "likely to be prehistoric".
Along with the "hugely exciting"
hammerhead find, archaeologists also came across the skeleton of a teenager who
carbon dating suggest sought shelter in the cave sometime in the 16th or 17th
The skull of the skeleton and
the hammerhead were discovered by cavers last June in a small cave on Moneen
Mountain outside Ballyvaughan, Co Clare.
The National Museum Service then carried out a 10-day
excavation last August.
findings in Tubber last night, lead archaeologist Marion Dowd of IT Sligo said
the cave was used in the Bronze Age about 3,000 years ago, and again at the end
of the Medieval period.