Irish Mesolithic Cemetery | Hermitage, Co. Limerick

funeral-pyre◊ Dear Microburins,

This is to highlight an excellent short article about Mesolithic period cremation burials at Hermitage on the River Shannon. The article is on the Irish Archaeology website/blog and was published in March 2013.

“The three cremations at Hermitage are extremely significant and represent an important addition to the very small corpus of Mesolithic burials from Ireland. Not alone are they the oldest burials from the country but they also demonstrate that our earliest hunter-gather ancestors practiced a relatively sophisticated means of disposing of their dead.”

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Friday Fish | Late Mesolithic fish trap at Dublin quays site

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMicroburin’s Mesolithic Sites & Finds page has been updated with:

Dublin, Republic of Ireland | Late Mesolithic fish trap (6,500 years old) discovered at Victoria Quay.

“The wicker trap was discovered at the deepest point of the excavation near an attenuation tank and appears to be extremely well preserved. Up until now, only post-medieval material had been discovered on the site.”

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Image | Mesolithic fish trap, Nationalmuseet Danmark (Microburin)

Very early Neolithic site | Londonderry N Ireland

derryLondonderry | Very early excavated Neolithic settlement that has been under analysis for a decade. Finds to go on show at the Tower Museum.

“A 6,000-year-old Stone Age village excavated in Londonderry has been heralded as being of global significance. The settlement is seen as of world importance as it is only the second of its type found in Ireland and is unique in the range of activities found to have been carried out there…”

» Belfast Telegraph 21 Feb 2013 | More UK Mesolithic sites & finds