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6,000-year-old settlement hints at tsunami

Researchers working at one of the oldest settlements in Ireland have uncovered a shellfish midden containing a mysterious black layer of organic material which may be evidence of a Stone Age tsunami.

Radiocarbon dating of a shellfish midden on Fanore Beach in north Clare have revealed it to be at least 6,000 years old — hundreds of years older than the nearby Poulnabrone dolmen.

The midden — a cooking area where nomad hunter-gatherers boiled or roasted shellfish — contained Stone Age implements, including two axes and a number of smaller stone tools.

Excavation of the site revealed a mysterious black layer of organic material, which archeologists believe may be the results of a Stone Age tsunami which hit the Clare coast, possibly wiping out the people who used the midden.

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Story: Andrew Hamilton, Irish Examiner | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

One thought on “6,000-year-old settlement hints at tsunami

  1. I have no doubt that disasters truck the ancient world just like today.


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