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Rock spiral found in Dingle could date back to Bronze Age

A rock bearing what is believed to be a rare piece of art dating back to the Bronze Age has been discovered on an outcrop alongside a medieval pilgrim route in west Kerry. The discovery two weeks ago of "a perfect spiral" on a rock off the main Cosán na Naomh on the Dingle peninsula, is being assessed by county archaeologist Michael Connolly.

Measuring 19.5cm, it was found by local man Colm Bambury between Cill Mhicéadair and Baile an Lochaigh near the foot of Mount Brandon. The area is dotted with standing stones, Ogham and beehive huts and other monuments from early Christianity.

The drawing is believed to be thousands of years old and follow-up investigations by Mr Connolly found indications of Bronze Age enclosures in the immediate vicinity.
moss Posted by moss
27th September 2011ce

Comments (8)

Thanks for posting that, 19.5cm sounds big doesnt it, I look forward to a picture of it. bawn79 Posted by bawn79
27th September 2011ce
What stood out for me, was the fact that it was in an area not only of standing stones and bronze age settlement but celtic christianity as well, there must be a 'magic' outcrop/mountain somewhere, be nice to have some photos of the area.... moss Posted by moss
27th September 2011ce
Yes, photo's would be great! Sounds interesting... summerlands Posted by summerlands
27th September 2011ce

It was on the news in Ireland last night - probably wont be able to see this in the Uk.

Ill do a photograb and post it later when I get home.
bawn79 Posted by bawn79
27th September 2011ce
Oh no, I could watch it OK. Brilliant, thanks for that! It's a beauty! The archaeologist on there was busy calking it in - don't know if that was for the cameras sake or if there are some cahlked up pics lurking somewhere? summerlands Posted by summerlands
27th September 2011ce
Grand job, I tried to do a screen grab but the pause sign is in the middle of it; if ye can see it ok then that is grand. bawn79 Posted by bawn79
27th September 2011ce
I thought the chalking looked a bit unnecessary and sort of half hearted. The rock carving was covered with bright white lichen anyhow! It was almost a thing to do for the camera like "This is what an archaeologist does with these rock art things..." Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
27th September 2011ce
When I was looking for more stuff on the Dingle came across the fact that you should'nt use any stuff on rockart to highlight it, so I think he should'nt have been using chalk. I had a 'fastcapture' programme (30 day trial) for capturing photos for videos which worked fine but its disappeared now... moss Posted by moss
28th September 2011ce
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