An ancient tomb has been discovered on the Dingle Peninsula in Ko Kerry, described by archaeologists as “unpillable” and “very unusual.” The tomb was discovered during agricultural work carried out by a farmer.
The National Monuments Service has demanded not to disclose the location of the tomb.
The tomb was discovered by a farmer during reclamation work when a large stone slab was turned over to reveal a slab-lined chamber.
Upon closer inspection, an adjoining additional chamber was discovered, which appears to be the front of the tomb.
The tomb contained an unusual smooth oval stone, believed to be human bone.
It is believed that the tomb may have been dated to the Bronze Age (2000 BC – 500 BC), but it could have been earlier as it has a number of very unusual features.
Archaeologists from the National Monuments Service and the National Museum of Ireland visited the site yesterday to conduct an initial survey.
Authorities say they will not comment on the find until a full survey has been completed. It is reported that the oval-shaped stone was removed from the tomb for storage.
Local archaeologists say this is a very unusual and significant find.
“Given its location, orientation and the presence of a large slab, we initially thought it was a Bronze Age tomb. But the design of this particular tomb is unlike any other Bronze Age burial we have. This is a very unusual tomb. She may be much older, but at this early stage it is very difficult to date her accurately, “said Michel Ó Coylein.
Archaeologist Dr. Breandan O Chiobhain said the find could be invaluable to our understanding of prehistoric burial rituals.
“This tomb appears to be completely intact, in its original state and contains human remains. This is an extremely important find as the original structure has been preserved and has not been tampered with, as could have been the case with another open tomb, ”he said.
Dr Ó Cíobháin said that there are a significant number of tombs in the southwest of Ireland, particularly in Cork and Kerry.
“Most tend to be west and southwest oriented. It is not clear why, but this could represent celestial or lunar alignments. Some of these tombs have unusual features such as porticoes on the west side. But the entire tomb remains hidden underground, so it is difficult to fully appreciate its general appearance. ”
The tomb, which is located on private land, is in a vulnerable state, and there are fears that people visiting the site could cause further damage to the structure. Therefore, information about its location will not be disclosed.