5,500-year-old tomb is found in Ireland
Fragments of cremated human bone believed to date back thousands of years are included in the “find of a lifetime” after archaeologists unearthed a 5,500-year-old passage tomb at the Bru na Boinne World Heritage site that no one knew existed.
The accidental discovery of the megalithic cemetery on the grounds of the sprawling Dowth Hall estate in Co Meath was like winning the lottery, according to lead archaeologist Dr Cliodhna Ni Lionain.
She said: “This is a huge deal that we found this passage tomb that no one knew existed.
“It’s something that no one thought would be found at this stage. I don’t think anyone dreamed of finding an unknown passage.”
The discovery was made last year as a team of archaeologists from the UCD school of archaeology and agri-technology firm Devenish were conducting excavations on the grounds of the 18th century demesne.