A Dublin lecturer has discovered an unknown prehistoric site at the Hill of Tara – without even leaving his desk!
Aidan O’Sullivan uncovered the 4,000 year old enclosure thanks to Google Earth.
The University College Dublin lecturer was preparing a presentation for his first year students when he noticed the site the traditional seat of Ireland’s ancient kings.
O’Sullivan was intrigued by the unfamiliar dark, circular feature in a field photographed by Google Earth.
The Sunday Times reports that the lecturer was able to verify that the soil mark was a large embanked enclosure, dating back 4,000 years.
The reports says the enclosure, between 263ft and 328ft in diameter, is 2,000ft southwest of Rath na Riogh (Fort of Kings) an Iron Age enclosure at the summit of the Hill of Tara used for enthronements and other ceremonies.