Saturday 23 September 2017

Radar gear used in tomb hunt

Elaine Keogh

SPECIALIST radar equipment being used for the first time in Ireland may be about to confirm the existence of a new passage tomb in the Boyne Valley – just a short distance from the famous Newgrange mound.

Celtic mythology says that 2,000 years ago Amhairgin, the first Irish bard or poet, was buried at Millmount in Drogheda, Co Louth. Now a leading archaeologist believes there "is a possibility" there is a passage chamber inside the mound.

Millmount is on the southern side of the Boyne and is where Hugh de Lacy built Drogheda Castle when he founded the town in the 12th Century. It is a short distance from Bru na Boinne, the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Millmount Archaeological Remote Sensing (MARS) project will produce its first results in the New Year.

"The results so far have been encouraging," said archaeologist Dr Conor Brady, who along with geophysicist Kevin Barton is leading the work.

Irish Independent

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