Ancient wonder alive at Museum for Science Week
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.
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.