posted on May, 9 2012 @ 05:26 PM
reply to post by Ranong
For those of you who wish not to be mislead by the word "cooker", I have quoted a short snippet from the story link followed by a definition relevant
to this thread:
Definition of "midden"
Radiocarbon dating of a shellfish midden, located on Fanore Beach in north Clare, have revealed it to be at least 6,000 years old --
hundreds of years older than the nearby Poulnabrone dolmen.
A midden, (also kitchen midden or shell heap) is an old dump for domestic waste which may consist of animal bone, human excrement, botanical
material, vermin, shells, sherds, lithics (especially debitage), and other artifacts and ecofacts associated with past human occupation.
The word is of Scandinavian via Middle English derivation, but is used by archaeologists worldwide to describe any kind of feature containing waste
products relating to day-to-day human life.
So in other words, the thread title and news article
really should read: "6000 year old shellfish kitchen found on beach of Ireland:"
Nice find though, S&F
edit on 9-5-2012 by Skywatcher2011 because: added note