first_imgA weekend stroll in the Donegal countryside has unearthed a massive discovery of 5,000 year old ancient rock art.Adam Rory Porter, his wife Angela and their children along with father-in-law Liam MacLochlainn were out walking last weekend taking in the wild north-west weather. They had known about the location of large stones containing rock art but most had been heavily overgrown by gorse and were completely inaccessible.However to their delight the gorse had been cleared by a local farmer leaving the stones exposed.The group got to work scraping away mud and washing stones down for several hours at the location in the field at Magheranaul on the Isle of Doagh in Inishowen.And hour after hour the group were left open-mouthed as they uncovered a treasure throve of rock arts consisting of various signs, swirls and symbols. Adam Porter says they were aware the land supposedly contained such rock art after an initial discovery back in the early 1980s by Dutch archeologist Maarten Van Hoek.But the key was the fact that the gorse had been cleared away by the local farmer, said Adam.“The moment we saw the gorse had been pulled away, we knew we had a chance of finding something.“But we never thought we would find so many. It was literally like finding a lost treasure.“Every time we washed an area we found another piece of art. It really was amazing,” he said.Adam said they had a bottle of water with them and tanks to a local stream they were able to refill the bottle and constantly wash the mud away from the stones. “We must have filled that bottle one hundred times but it was worth it.“Our daughter Faolain, 6, was with us and she was amazed. It’s something she will hopefully remember for the rest of her life,” said Adam.However people have been warned not to interfere with sites of possible archeological interest.A spokesman for the Donegal County Museum said sites must be treated with care. They also stressed that permission must be sought if work is to be carried out on such lands.A spokesman for the National Monuments Service said no permission was sought to carry out works on the Mageranaul site.“No works should be carried out on protected sites other than in consultation with The National Monuments Service. When the owner or occupier of a property, or any other person proposes to carry out, or to cause, or to permit the carrying out of any work at or in relation to a Recorded Monument or a Registered Monument they are required to give notice in writing to the Minister 2 months before commencing that work under Notification to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under section 12 (3) of the National Monuments (Amendment) Act, 1994 (Recorded Monument) and Notification under section 5 (8) of the 1987 Act (Register of Historic Monuments).This is to allow the National Monuments Service time consider the proposed works and how best to proceed to further the protection of the monument. However we have no record of any notification of Intention to carry out work on this site at Maghernaul. All work should cease pending investigation by the National Monuments Service.”WEEKEND STROLL UNCOVERS 5,000 YEAR OLD ROCK ART was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Adam PorterdiscoveryInishowenrock artlast_img

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