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A new book by archaeologists will detail illustrated accounts of 114 significant excavations undertaken in Ireland, revealing a wealth of information about the country's first known settlers, more than 500 generations ago. The book will be published by the National Roads Authority on Dec. 10 at University College Cork.
The earliest known settlers in Co Cork were hunter-gatherers who lived near Fermoy more than 10,100 years ago. That’s according to archaeologists who will reveal a wealth of information about our ancestors when they launch a book published by the National Roads Authority on Dec 10 at UCC.
The NRA has funded more than 2,000 excavations on national road projects since it was established in 1994.
An Anglo-Norman moated settlement, built in the 13th century, was unearthed at Ballinvinny South, north-east of Glanmire. The same settlement was later occupied in the 17th century and held a horde of James II coins. “These weren’t ordinary coins,” said Mr Hanely. “[James] had no money. Instead of using gold and silver coins he smelted coins from cheaper metals to pay his soldiers.” The tokens were to be redeemed for real money if he won the war against William of Orange, but he didn’t and so they were worthless.
I find it rather reassuring that some countries have the foresight to include archaeologists in their projects.