Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Neolithic remains delay bypass

THE CONSTRUCTION of a major dual-carriageway to bypass Ballymena, Co Antrim, is being delayed after the discovery of neolithic remains at the site.

Archaeologists have uncovered a rare late-neolithic ring fort, one of just four such forts found in Ireland.

Initial excavations took place over an eight-week period between June 2009 to September 2009, and a team of 20 archaeologists have recovered objects, including flint chippings, small blades and a leaf-shaped arrowhead.

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