Roll Away The Stone

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The tomb contained an unusual smooth oval-shaped stone (above)

This afternoon.

Dingle, County Kerry.

It is believed the tomb may date to the Bronze Age (2000BC-500BC), but it could be even earlier as it displays a number of highly unusual features.

Archaeologists from the National Monuments Service and the National Museum of Ireland visited the site yesterday to carry out an initial survey.

The authorities say they will not be commenting on the find until a full survey has been completed. It is understood the oval-shaped stone has been removed for safe keeping.

Local archaeologists say it is a highly unusual and significant find.

Ancient ‘untouched’ tomb discovered on Dingle Peninsula (RTÉ)

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12 thoughts on “Roll Away The Stone

  1. Bebe

    Now if only they gave the same attention to the site in Tuam where in test excavations im March 2017 (four years ago) minute traces of remains of children were recovered for purposes of dating. They belonged to the era of the institution known as St. Mary’s Mother and Baby home. Those are human remains of babies and toddlers, 35 foetal weeks to three years. They are precious.

    Four years on and legislation that dismisses coroner’s role in favour of ‘agency’ with powers afforded to Minister and State, is currently at pre-legislative scrutiny with calls for those who understand the signficance, to scrap and begin again or resource the Coroner sufficiently to do the work he should have been doing for the past four years.

    The reason we are in limbo …. it doesn’t date back to the Bronze Age and doesn’t contain an odd shaped stone …..

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    1. Janet, chatty mammy

      Bébé I know you mean well but one has nothing to do with the other, it’s not even remotely the same people who’d tackle either site. Tuam should be treated as criminal because that’s what it is.

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      1. Bebe

        Janet, if there were political will it would be done.

        There is political will to unearth any material of archaeological significance, to return to the family for appropriate burial, the remains of nationalist hero Thomas Kent, which I agree with of course.
        if remains were found anywhere – on any site under development, on a new roadway, the area would be closed down, sealed, off with Gardai and Coroner would be involved.

        Four years on and 796 missing related to the Tuam institution. The location is known, it is a simple matter as is in public ownership. Seal, enclose, respect the area, set up DNA database, employ a team to undertake the work .. there’s lots of best practice, no need to reinvent the wheel. My point is that in death there are disparities. I’ve been to archaeological sites; I’ve seen where when a set of remains or bones or something of significance are found the site is sealed. It can be done. All it needs is politcal will. Listen to Oireachtas report this week for various contributions who speak of human rights underpinning legislation. If it is incorporated will make all the difference.

        Committee Hearing from Wednesday last
        https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/debate/joint_committee_on_children_disability_equality_and_integration/2021-04-14/3/#spk_91

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        1. Papi

          I’ve never seen a development stopped because of human remains. What you’re talking about is a delay of release from Garda/coroner and until an osteoarchaeologist is on site. Two days, tops.
          A forensic archaeologist could and should excavate Tuam, but you’re comparing chalk and cheese here.

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  2. Papi

    Major credit to the farmer. The pictures don’t do it justice, the dimensions and layout are astounding. It will more than likely be preserved in-situ and reburied but that’s how it goes.
    Go on, Mr. Bartlett!

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