Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Bear bone found in 1903 pushes back the history of Ireland

Proof The Irish Ate Bears In Pre-History. Guess What They Did In The Woods Afterwards?...
A butchered bear bone found in an Irish cave has revealed humans were active in Ireland 2,500 years earlier than thought, in a breakthrough described as "a new chapter to the human history of Ireland". Since the 1970s, the oldest evidence of human occupation in Ireland dated back to 8,000 BC - the Mesolithic period - indicating humans had occupied the island for some 10,000 years. However, radiocarbon dating of a brown bear's knee bone suggested it had been killed by a human some 12,500 years ago, in the preceding Paleolithic period, at 10,500 BC. The adult bear bone, marked by seven cuts from a long blade, was originally discovered in 1903 by a team of early scientists in a County Clare cave and had been stored in a card board box at the National Museum of Ireland for almost 100 years.
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