Possible Bronze Age tomb discovered on Dingle Peninsula

It is believed an ancient tomb recently discovered in County Kerry could date back further than the Bronze Age.

One County Kerry farmer was taken by surprise last week after discovering a possible Bronze Age tomb on the Dingle Peninsula when he decided to carry out works on his land.

The ancient tomb appeared untouched by the passage of time, and it is believed to date back as far as the Bronze Age or even further.

Ireland is known for its rich history and abundance of historical monuments, so it’s exciting news for both locals and tourists alike that an ancient tomb has been discovered at one of Ireland’s most recognisable attractions.

An incredible discovery – a look into the past

Bronze Age tomb on the Dingle Peninsula.
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The possible Bronze Age tomb was discovered on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry by a digger that unveiled a slab-lined chamber beneath a slab stone and an adjoining stone sub-chamber.

RTÉ News reported that archaeologists described the tomb as “untouched” and “highly unusual”, and remains of what are believed to be human bones were also found.

National Monuments Service archaeologists believe that the tomb may date back to sometime between 2000 BC and 500 BC. However, many believe that it may actually predate this period due to its unusual features.

A historical find – a preserved Bronze Age tomb

Parknabinnia Tomb in the Burren, County Clare.
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Staff from the National Monuments Service and the National Museum of Ireland joined forces over the weekend to examine the tomb, and they have decided to leave its exact location undisclosed to prevent potential damage to the tomb or land by visitors.

Dingle-based archaeologist Mícheál Ó Coileáin told RTÉ News that the tomb was a highly significant and unusual find adding to Ireland’s abundance of ancient sites.

Ó Coileáin said, “Given its location, orientation, and the existence of the large slab, your initial thought is this is a Bronze Age tomb. But the design of this particular tomb is not like any of the other Bronze Age burial sites we have here.

“This is a highly unusual tomb. It’s possible that it’s earlier, but it’s very difficult at this early stage to date it.”

A piece of history – the Dingle Peninsula is home to other Bronze Age tombs

Bronze Age tomb discovered on the Dingle Peninsula.
Credit: Tourism Ireland

As well as the recent possible Bronze Age tomb discovered on Dingle Peninsula, there are a number of other Bronze Age wedge tombs on the peninsula.

Archaeologist and place names expert Dr Breandán Ó Cíobháin told RTÉ News that the discovery of the tomb could prove invaluable to improving understanding of prehistoric rituals and ways of life in Ireland.

He said, “This tomb appears to be completely untouched and in its original state and contains human remains.

“That is very rare. It is an extremely significant find as the original structure has been preserved and not interfered with, as may have occurred in the case of other uncovered tombs.”

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