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Neolithic remains found in Irish cave


Skeletal remains dating back to the Neolithic era have been found in a cave on Knocknarea, Ireland.

Radiocarbon dating has shown that they are some 5,500 years old, which makes them among the earliest human bones found in the county.

The find represents important fresh evidence of Knocknarea’s Neolithic (Stone Age) links and a prehistoric practice known as “excarnation”.

Researchers discovered a total of 13 small bones and bone fragments in an almost inaccessible cave last November.

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Story: Colin Brennan, Irish Mirror | Photo: Irish Mirror

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