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4,500-year-old Neolithic habitation site found in Ireland

What could be the oldest habitation site found in the Burren has been discovered at Caherconnell, Ireland.

Director of the dig, Graham Hull said yesterday that the team of archaeologists “were whooping and jumping up and down at the discovery of a stone arrowhead”.

He said: “We didn’t even have to carbon date it. We knew instantly that the arrowhead is a time marker and dates to approximately 2500 BC”.

The arrowhead was found by archaeologist Anita Pinagli and Mr Hull said the discovery “was the star find of the dig”. He said: “The remains of a post-built wooden house were discovered and the finely-made arrowhead, together with the hundreds of stone tools and pottery dating to the Late Neolithic period or Early Bronze Age, indicate strongly that we have found a prehistoric settlement. It could be the oldest habitation site yet known on the Burren.”

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