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|Our earliest evidence of human habitation in Ireland dates back to
7,000 BC, the hunter-gather period, which historians refer to as the
Mesolithic Age. Around 4,000 BC, this wandering lifestyle of Homo
sapiens came to an end when farming was introduced into the
culture by way of what would be later known as Britain and
Western Europe. It is during this period,from 4,000-2,300 BC the
Neolithic Age, that the majority of the Megalithic tombs that we
still see today were built (although some tombs continued to be
built well into the Bronze Age beginning around 2,300 BC). Soon
after, the construction of large monuments began to decline, but
they continued to erect standing stones well into the end of the Iron
Age in 500 AD. Excavations of these monuments have shown
human remains were deposited after cremation. In addition, pottery
and stone tools were laid with burials. Researchers and
archaeologists have also discovered that ritual practices took place
at various times of the year, with many of the monuments carefully
positioned by their builders to take into consideration the
surrounding landscape as well as the sunrise, sunset, lunar
position and the location of rivers and springs deemed sacred by the
people of that time. Today, many of these outstanding monuments
are still with us, and it is a legacy we can be very proud of and a
history and heritage we must continue to treasure and preserve.
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|Welcome to the website of Megalithic Monuments of
Ireland. This website is the result of our love and passion for
Archaeology as well as our devotion to the wonderment of
the many Megalithic monuments throughout Ireland. We
have travelled the country to bring you some fantastic photos
of these extraordinary monuments, which have stood proudly
today as a durable testament to their ingenious builders. The
construction and use of these monuments have long puzzled
us,and even though today we know much about their history
and construction, there are aspects that remain a mystery.
But our lack of a complete understanding of these edifices
does not take away from their beauty and majesty and, as
such, we are encouraged to think of these great monuments
as stone pages in the book of ancient history and human
rituals and beliefs of our ancestors on this island.
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