An­cient won­der alive at Mu­seum for Sci­ence Week

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By CIARÁN O’DONOGHUE

KERRY County Mu­seum is a whirl of ex­cite­ment this week as the an­cient se­crets of Kil­la­clo­hane Por­tal Tomb are be­ing re­vealed for the very first time through a se­ries of en­gag­ing and in­for­ma­tive dis­cus­sions, demon­stra­tions and dis­plays suit­able for young and old alike.

The events are based on the Mill­town based tomb which is Kerry’s old­est known man­made struc­ture.

The Ne­olithic tomb dates back all the way to 3,800 BC. It was the sub­ject of a ma­jor ex­ca­va­tion in which com­pelling new in­for­ma­tion was gained. This in­for­ma­tion has been the sub­ject of in­ten­sive sci­en­tific, with many of the de­tails to be re­vealed pub­licly for the first time this week.

This week’s se­ries of talks pro­vide fas­ci­nat­ing new in­for­ma­tion in a re­laxed and en­joy­able en­vi­ron­ment on top­ics stu­dents will be de­lighted to learn and that come up most years in the State ex­ams.

County Ar­chae­ol­o­gist Dr Michael Con­nolly started the week with an in­trigu­ing talk on Mon­day, in which he out­lined the ex­ca­va­tion project, de­scrib­ing the tools and tech­niques used dur­ing the course of the ex­ca­va­tion.

On Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 14, at 4 p.m. Os­teo–ar­chae­ol­o­gist Dr Linda Lynch will re­veal the se­crets of the bones found at the dig (free ad­mis­sion).

There is a per­fect af­ter­noon’s en­ter­tain­ment for all pri­mary school chil­dren as ex­pe­ri­enced sci­en­tist Cather­ine McGuin­ness brings her fam­ily sci­ence show to the mu­seum on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15, at 4 pm (ad­mis­sion €1).

Con­clud­ing the week on Satur­day, Novem­ber 17, be­tween 11am and 4pm is ce­ram­i­cist Lone Beiter O’Reilly in what prom­ises to be a fas­ci­nat­ing ac­count of how our most an­cient for­bears used their in­no­va­tion to cre­ate pottery to hold cre­mated re­mains. Per­fect for all ages, es­pe­cially any bud­ding young artists.

All photos by Dom­nick Walsh

ABOVE: Gael­choláiste Chiar­raí stu­dents Heather Breath­nach, Sadie Ní Bhros­nacháin and Win­nie Vic­to­ria De Búrca up close with the re­mains of our Kil­la­clo­hane an­ces­tors at Kerry County Mu­seum on Mon­day as part of Sci­ence Week. In­set: The Kil­la­clo­hane Por­tal Tomb in Mill­town and one of the flint ar­row­heads found at the pre­cious site.

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