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Irish farmer discovers 1,500 years old tunnels (souterrains)

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A KILNAMARTYRA farmer got a little more than he bargained for when he discovered two underground tunnels last week whilst making a gallop to train his greyhounds.

The tunnels situated directly beside a ditch are over a meter in height and particularly well preserved.

“I was told the tunnels were over 1,500 years old. I plan to make the tunnels safe and leave them there for future generations.

“I have marked the tunnels into a map and the Archeologists are sending me out a plaque to erect near the tunnels,” said John.

Ursula Egan, of the Cork Archeological Survey group, which is based in University College Cork, visited the site.

Ms Egan described the tunnels as ‘souterrains‚, the French word for an underground chamber.

“They are in a remarkable condition and probably date back to the time of Saint Patrick making them about 1,500 years old.
Posted by phil
23rd January 2002ce

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