Ancient Settlement at Mountsandel - Bann River Cruises

Ancient Settlement at Mountsandel

Age is only a number!

If you choose a cruising holiday on the River Bann in Northern Ireland, you will have the opportunity to visit Mountsandel in the north west. The Mount Sandel Mesolithic site is in Coleraine, just to the east of the Iron Age Mount Sandel Fort. It is one of the oldest archaeological sites in Ireland with carbon dating indicating an age of 9,000 years old (7,000BC). Gwendoline Cave, County Clare is the only site in Ireland with evidence of human occupation which pre-dates this location.[3] Mount Sandel Mesolithic site is a Scheduled Historic Monument in the townland of Mount Sandel, in Coleraine.

It is thought that this site was most likely home to a small extended family group which occupied this site for most of the year. They were hunter-gatherers catching the migrating salmon during the summer, gathering hazelnuts in the autumn and hunting wild boar in the winter. Their robust homes were heated by internal hearths and they represent the only confirmed Mesolithic houses so far found in Ireland.