Bronze Age urn unearthed in Donegal after 4,000 years

Started by gash, September 07, 2020, 02:47:10 pm

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In a very delicate operation, not for the faint-hearted, a Bronze Age burial urn was brought to the surface today approximately 4,000 years after it was buried with cremated remains in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

The urn was one of a number of very significant Bronze Age finds made during an excavation of the site where the HSE plans to build a new €21m community hospital.

Led by Excavation Director, Tamlyn McHugh of Fadó Archaeology, the dig first revealed a large Bronze Age burial capstone with rock art.

Then, on land nearby used locally as allotments, the burial urn was found in a small ring ditch.
Specialist archaeological conservator Susannah Kelly was called in to carefully remove the urn.

She first wrapped it in cling film and the in resin bandages to protect it before it was slid out of the earth.

Even though she has done it before, working on urns like this is something very special, she said, because you are the first person to see it in 4,000 years.

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