Archaeologists Have Found A 5,500-Year-Old Irish Tomb – And Declared It The Discovery Of A Lifetime

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It’s July 2018, and archaeologists are excavating a site in Ireland when they make a “once in a lifetime” discovery. You see, hidden beneath the vast cairn – a manmade hill of stones – is a mysterious megalithic tomb.

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Megalithic monuments are, in fact, one of the defining features of Neolithic culture in Ireland. The large stone structures regularly served as tombs for human remains – which were often cremated and interred along with items such as axes and arrowheads. To date, approximately 1,200 megalithic monuments have been identified on the Emerald Isle. And experts say that the largest of these structures have special ceremonial or spiritual significance.

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Now, the tomb that the team were working on is located within the grounds of Dowth Hall, an Irish estate dating back to the 18th century. And the structure forms part of the famous Brú na Bóinne complex, which lies 25 miles north of Dublin. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, Brú na Bóinne is the Irish equivalent of Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.

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