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Sunday, January 21, 2018
Ancient human remains found in Mayo date back over 5,000 years
Ben Gorm Mountain, Mayo
Image: T Kahlert via Department of Culture
THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has revealed that ancient human remains, which were discovered by a local hillwalker on a Mayo mountainside in 2016, date back as early as 3,600 BC.
The research found that the natural boulder chamber in which the remains were found was used for human burial practice through the Neolithic period.
A least 10 individuals – adults, teenagers and children – were placed in the chamber over a period of up to 1,200 years, according to the research. One of the adult bones dated to 3,600 BC, while a bone of a child skeleton dated to 2,400 BC.
In August 2016, local hillwalker Michael Chambers discovered a cave-like chamber among some large boulders on Ben Gorm Mountain in Newport, Mayo.
He found human bones scattered over the rock floor of the chamber and contacted gardaí in order to have them tested.