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Flints and Fishes: Stone Age Life in the Causeway Coast and Glens

The legacy of the Stone Age and the first known settlement in Ireland is the focus of a new exhibition on display at Ballymoney Museum until 15 April 2017.

Flints and Fishes explores the story of the first people to move to the Causeway region almost 10,000 years ago. While the original hunter-gathers survived along the coasts and rivers, local sites and archaeology show how the arrival of the first farmers allowed people to take control of their environment and spread across the area. Find out about the sites these prehistoric people left behind and see the intriguing prehistoric discoveries on display.

The exhibition will allow visitors to explore important stories about Ireland’s earliest known settlement at Mountsandel 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.

Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) hunter-gatherers lived at Mountsandel in Coleraine almost 10,000 years ago, fishing for salmon, and hunting wild boar and gathering hazelnuts in the surrounding woods. 4000 years later, Neolithic (New Stone Age) farmers crossed the water to Ireland, changing it forever.

Viewings can be made on Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 9am-5pm and 9am-4.30pm on Fridays. Admission is free of charge.

For more information, please contact Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Museum Services on 028 7034 7234 or email: cms@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

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