Saturday, October 17, 2015

4,500-year-old boat among Viking artifacts hoard discovered in Galway

A 4,500-year-old log boat is among 12 early Bronze Age, Iron Age and medieval craft that have been found in Lough Corrib, along with other Viking-style battle axes and other weapons.

Marine surveyor Capt Trevor Northage discovered the vessels while mapping the western lake to update British admiralty charts.

Investigative dives were subsequently carried out last summer by the underwater archeology unit (UAU) of the National Monuments Service, and radiocarbon dating of samples was then conducted.

Jimmy Deenihan, the minister Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, described the recent discoveries as “exceptional”.

archaeologynewsnetwork reports: The three Viking-style battle axes recovered from one of the vessels will be a centrepiece in the National Museum’s Battle of Clontarf commemorative exhibition, which is due to open later this month. The oldest of the vessels located, the 4,500-year-old Annaghkeen log boat, had already been lying on the bed of Lough Corrib for 3,500 years when the Vikings arrived, Capt Northage has pointed out. The 12m vessel is almost identical to the Lurgan log boat found in 1902; and the Carrowneden boat found near Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, in 1996.

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