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Charred Hazel Nut Shells

Roughan Hill, County Clare

A kidney shaped stone enclosure surrounds the remains of several structures at Roughan Hill today. The site was discovered in 1994 during the course of an intensive survey, aimed at finding settlements contemporary with the many surrounding wedge shaped tombs.

The central structure of settlement 1 was excavated in 1995, and the Beaker pottery found then confirmed that this site was contemporary with the wedge tombs.

In the Final Neolithic\Early Bronze Age there was a busy farming community on Roughan Hill consisting of several settlements. Finds date from c2400-2000 BC.

These shells were preserved because they were carbonised in fire. Hazel nuts are a rich source of protein, and may have been roasted whole or ground into a flour to make bread or gruel.

Ref: 95E61:105

Photograph appears courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland

Karst of Ireland - The Burren

Charred Hazel Nut Shells, 95E61:105
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