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Irish farmer stumbles onto ‘untouched’ ancient tomb

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A farmer conducting routine land improvement work recently uncovered an “untouched” ancient tomb on the Dingle Peninsula, a stretch of land on Ireland’s southwest coast.

As Seán Mac an tSíthigh reports for Irish broadcaster RTÉ, the County Kerry resident stumbled onto the structure after turning over a rock and spotting a stone-lined passageway beneath it. When archaeologists from the National Monuments Service (NMS) and the National Museum of Ireland surveyed the chamber, they determined that it probably dates to between 2000 B.C. and 500 B.C. but could be even older.

Experts say the grave is in its original state and contains human remains, making it a unique archaeological find, according to Irish Central’s Catherine Devane. NMS opted to keep the site’s exact location a secret to ensure it remains undisturbed.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/farmer-uncovers-nearly-4000-year-old-tomb-ireland-180977554/

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The tomb contained an unusual smooth oval-shaped stone and what is believed to be human bone.

https://www.rte.ie/news/2021/0416/1210287-tombs-kerry-dingle-peninsula/

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