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Archaeology in Sligo

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Prehistoric chert scrapers and blades found at the excavation at Carrowmore by IT Sligo. Image: IT Sligo IT Sligo


The past few years have shown Ireland to have a wealth of undiscovered historical sites dotted across its landscape, and now researchers have found something truly unique in its north-western corner.

Archaeologists from IT Sligo have revealed findings from a two-week dig of a prehistoric monument located in the heart of the Carrowmore megalithic complex, the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in the country. The latest dig took place at a site formerly known as a barrow, consisting of circular earthen monuments surrounded by a ditch dating to the bronze and iron age between 4,000 and 1,500 years ago.

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