Waterford County Museum, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland. Charity Reg: 17397
Tel: +353 (0)58 45960 Email: info@waterfordmuseum.ie
Shopping Cart
Articles Photos

Searching for Irelands Earliest People in Dungarvan Valley Caves

Last Saturday, Members of Dungarvan & Lismore, Adopt a Monument Group explored Dungarvan's Ice Age past when they visited the long running Dungarvan Valley Caves Project (supported by the Heritage Council).

The limestone area between Dungarvan and Cappagh valley has over 25 caves including Dungarvan's well known Shandon Caves. The group met Dr. Coilin O'Drisceoil from Kilkenny and his University of Oxford-based colleagues Drs. Richard Jennings and Simon Collcutt who have been digging small trial pits in search of the remains of what might be Ireland's earliest people.

The valley has the potential to be one of the most exciting and important archaeological sites in Ireland. Dr. O'Drisceoil will give a talk about the project later in the year at Waterford County Museum. To date, nobody has been able to find human traces in Ireland older that about 9,000 years old.

What the Dungarvan Caves Project aims to do is to see if people were here during the Old Stone Age or Paleolithic Age. The Dungarvan Valley is the place to look because the area has caves and was part of a green fringe on an otherwise ice-covered Ireland. It is also known that Wooly Mammoths, Wild Horses and Reindeer were available here for hunting. Archaeologists have long been puzzled by the lack of Paleolithic remains in Ireland and many are watching this project with great interest

A 2009 report from the Dungarvan Valley Caves Project was included in Decies: The Journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. It makes for interesting reading and outlines some of the science behind the Dungarvan Valley Caves Project.

More information about the Heritage Council's Adopt a Monument Programme, including information on the Gallow's Hill, Dungarvan and Roundhill, Lismore elements of the project can be can be found online.

Photos by John Foley Images

Upcoming Events

More Upcoming Events

Latest News

More News

Latest Articles

Join Our Mailing List

Join our mailing list and get all the latest news for free via email. Simply enter your email address in the box below and press the 'Join' button.

Make A Donation

Waterford County Museum is a non profit voluntary museum. We would be grateful for any financial donation large or small.

Social Media

Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Blogger Follow us on Youtube
Waterford County Museum 2014. All rights reserved. Please read our Terms of Use
Website By: Déise Design