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'Flints and fishes'

Thursday, 2 February 2017

'Flints and fishes' thumbnailA picture of Dooey’s Cairn Ballymacaldrick near Dunloy, part of our Stone Age heritage.

THE legacy of the Stone Age and the first known settlement in Ireland is the focus of a new exhibition coming to Ballymoney next month.
Entitled 'Flints and Fishes', it brings together objects from across the Causeway Coast and Glens area, telling the story of the Causeway's first people.
The temporary exhibition will allow visitors to explore important stories about Ireland's earliest known settlement, and the local stone axe factories which exported their products all over Ireland, Britain and beyond. Visitors can also discover the recent studies of DNA found in the region's megalithic tombs, which trace the origins of Ireland's first farmers.
The earliest known settlement in Ireland was at Mountsandel, Coleraine. Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) hunter-gatherers lived there almost 10,000 years ago, fishing for salmon, and hunting wild boar and gathering hazelnuts in the surrounding woods. 4,000 years later Neolithic (New Stone Age) farmers crossed the water to Ireland changing Ireland forever.

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