Dating in clare ireland
When a Palaeolithic date was returned in 2012, Dr Dowd was stunned and decided further analysis was required.
A second sample sent to the University of Oxford provided the same result.
The bone was then sent to three bone specialists – Dr Jill Cook at the British Museum in London, Prof Terry O’Connor at the University of York and Prof Alice Choyke at the Central European University in Hungary.
All three determined separately that the cut marks were made on fresh bone, confirming they were made by humans during the Palaeolithic period.
However, they noted the significance of the cut marks in their report of the find.
The bone was stored in a collection at the National Museum of Ireland from the 1920s, and Dr Carden started to document the museum’s animal bone collections from early cave excavations.
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Nigel T Monaghan, keeper in the natural history division at the National Museum of Ireland, said the some two million specimens housed there were all available for research.
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She said there had been evidence of human existence in Britain on and off for 700,000 years.
Radiocarbon dating of the bear’s knee bone, one of some 15,000 bones found in the cave, confirmed it was 12,500 years old, and the researchers noted visible cut marks to the bone which they say were made at the same point. It adds an entirely new chapter to human colonisation of the island, “ said Dr Dowd.
“It’s the first evidence of a completely different society of hunter-gatherers in Ireland.” Dr Dowd said analysis of the bone, found in the Alice and Gwendoline cave in Co Clare in 1903, provided evidence scientists had been seeking since the 1860s of human existence on the island during the Palaeolithic period.