Mon, 21 Jun 2021

CO. KERRY, Ireland - Workmen have uncovered a tomb, described as previously "untouched, in southwest Ireland.

The tomb, possibly 3,000 years old, was discovered during improvements on farm land in Dingle Peninsula of County Kerry.

Archaeologists have since described the tomb as "untouched", adding that they discovered an oval-shaped stone which might have been used in ancient burials.

At first glance, scientists said the burial site appears to be a chamber tomb, which includes an underground stone-lined structure that houses one or several burials and is covered by a large stone, said Ronan Casey, a spokesperson for Ireland's National Monuments Service, according to Live Science.

"Such burials would typically date to the Bronze Age, commencing around 2500 B.C.," Casey said.

Meanwhile, Irish media reported that the tomb was uncovered when a mechanical digger overturned a large stone slab above it, displaying a chamber the stone had long covered. Witnesses reported seeing an adjoining sub-chamber at the front of the tomb.

"The discovery was reported to the National Monuments Service and National Museum of Ireland very promptly, for which we are very grateful," Casey said.

The location of the tomb, however, is not being revealed to protect the site from the curious and to prevent looting.

Additionally, materials from the tomb have been removed and are undergoing radiocarbon dating.

Initially, archaeologists said the tomb appears to be 2,500 to 4,500 years old, from the Bronze Age in Ireland.

Meanwhile, representatives from the National Monuments Service and Ireland's National Museum have discovered "ancient skeletal remains" inside the tomb.

Also inside the tomb was a polished stone with a roughly oval shape found besides the human remains. The stone has since been removed for safekeeping.

Other ancient tombs have been found in the area, with some dating to the Bronze Age. "Such graves from this period are not uncommon, and there are numerous sites and monuments from this period on the Dingle Peninsula," Casey said.

"Given its location, orientation and the existence of the large slab your initial thought is this is a Bronze Age tomb," local archaeologist Mchel Coilein told national media RTE. "But the design of this particular tomb is not like any of the other Bronze Age burial sites we have here."

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