Ancient submerged forest, man-made trackway and animal skulls discovered in Connemara, Co. GalwayMother nature has with her severe weather that beat the Atlantic coast of Ireland over the last few months shown us some more glimpses of our heritage. The storms have stripped and washed away sand, stone and debris in several places which has resulted in the partial destruction of a portion of Dúnbeg promontary fort on the Dingle peninsula, Kerry,the exposure of 19th century schooner ’Sunbeam’ in Co. Kerry, the exposure and removal of human remains on Omey Island, Co. Galway and most recently the discovery of a submerged ancient forest on the south east Connemara shore.
The forest is being researched by an NUI Galway geologist, Prof. Mike Williams. In recent days, a local resident was walking the coastline to see the forest, when he reported the discovery of an ancient trackway. The trackway would appear to be prehstoric and may be in keeping with the many examples of prehistoric trackways/ toghers that have been recorded and excavated by the Irish Archaeological Wetland Unit (NUI Dublin) since the early 1990’s.
It is assumed that the forest will become covered by Mother nature over the coming months. If you are interested in visiting this area, it has been incorporated into our existing tour of ’The Bogs of Ireland’ (in an appropriate and sensitive manner)