Inishowen, Donegal is known for its stunning coast and raw beauty yet this charming landscape still has a few surprises hidden beneath the surface. During Heritage Week visitors and locals were offered a look at a collection of artefacts from the earliest human occupation on the Shores of Lough Foyle in North Donegal. Objects were showcased in an exhibition at Greencastle Golf Club, close to where many of these ancient artefacts were found, see below.
Stone Tool Exhibition At Greencastle Golf Club, Inishowen, Donegal
Over a number of years a local man, Brian McNaught, has found and gathered hundreds of flint objects from the bays along the coast at Greencastle. This significant collection grabbed the attention of not only locals but renowned archaeologists Peter Woodman and Kieran Westley. Following the discovery of this amazing collection, a series of archaeological digs took place in 2015, near the sixth hole at Greencastle Golf club and in the adjacent bay.
Mr Westley spent two years digging pits on the shoreline and under shallow waters along the bays. This became Ireland’s first in depth survey and excavation of an underwater prehistoric landscape. The submerged area at Eleven Ballyboes is among the earliest sites to produce a vast collection of objects created by the first hunter-gatherers that inhabited Ireland in the Mesolithic period, around 7000 BCE.
Approximately 1,500 flint objects were uncovered from the area which include; axes, blades and flakes. Deposits of peat and wood have also been found and radio carbon dated to the Prehistoric Period. Finds from Inishowens earliest inhabitants are now in the care of the Inishowen Maritime Museum in Greencastle where they will be displayed for a number of weeks.
Inishowen is rich in cultural heritage; finds like those uncovered at Greencastle remind us that we have so much more to discover.Heritage In Inishowen
Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium