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Bodies of woman and baby at Burren fort are 1,500 years old

RESULTS of radiocarbon dating of the ancient remains of a woman and two infant children discovered at a Burren fort have shown the remains date from between 535 and 649 AD.

Yesterday, farmer and owner of the lands in Co Clare, John Davoren, said that the dating of the remains to just under 1,500 years old "fills in another piece of the puzzle at Caherconnell".

Mr Davoren said that the discovery during last summer's dig of the remains came as "a real surprise". The remains of the 45-year-plus-old woman, a baby aged between one and two and a very young baby, were found buried underneath the wall of a fort.

Caherconnell is located 1km from the Poulnabrone dolmen and the fort was built around the 10th or 11th Century.

Mr Davoren said: "It is strange that you would build a house on top of your ancestors, but that is what the (archeological) school has found."

Irish Independent