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 century.

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.

Presenting the 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.

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