Mount Sandel Mesolithic site

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Model of a Mount Sandel Hut

The Mount Sandel Mesolithic site is in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, just to the east of the iron age Mount Sandel Fort.[1] It is one of the oldest archaeological site in Ireland with carbon dating indicating an age of 9,000 years old (7,000BC).[2] Gwendoline Cave, County Clare is the only site in Ireland with evidence of human occupation which pre-dates this location.[3] Mount Sandel Mesolithic site is a Scheduled Historic Monument in the townland of Mount Sandel, in Coleraine Borough Council area, at Grid Ref: C8533 3076,[4] it was excavated by Peter Woodman in the 1970s.[1][5]

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  1. ^ a b "Mount Sandel, Northern Ireland". Archaeology. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  2. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2011. Celtic Sea. Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. P. Saundry & C.J. Cleveland. National Council for Science and the Environment. Washington, DC.
  3. ^ "Earliest evidence of humans in Ireland". BBC News. 2016-03-21. Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  4. ^ "Mount Sandel Mesolithic settlement site" (PDF). Environment and Heritage Service NI. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Mountsandel: where Irish history started". Coleraine Times. 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2017-02-04. 

Coordinates: 55°06′58″N 6°39′51″W / 55.1161°N 6.6642°W / 55.1161; -6.6642