Primate Skeleton at the Lismullin Henge in Tara Valley?
A short report by Con Connor 23/1/2008

During excavations for the forced M3 double toll road through the valley of the Celtic Royal City of Tara the bones of a �medium-sized dog� were found near the Henge at Lismullin. I do not believe it to be a dog for two reasons - I believe it is Primate, most likely a Barbary Ape*. Firstly, a skull of a Barbary Ape was found during excavations (1963�71) at Emain Macha (Navan Fort) in Armagh and this is seen as a major indicator of the importance of a royal site. An entire set of animal bones, in my opinion a Barbary Ape, have been found at the Lismullin Henge in Tara Valley, well known as a royal site, on the 29th of April 2007 and quickly put into black sacks and disappeared by archaeologists working for the NRA by the 3rd of May 2007. Secondly, compare the images below paying attention to the red arrows for species identification. It is completely plausible that a primate could have been given to a King of Tara as a gift (from abroad) and buried in the Royal City.
Following the red arrows � Long toes on Primate and the Find at Tara, short on Canine, Big heel bone on Primate and the Find at Tara, short on Canine, Huge pelvis on Primate and the Find at Tara, short on Canine, Short neck on Primate and the Find at Tara, short on Canine, Long fingers on Primate and the Find at Tara, short on Canine.

The day after the supposed canine remains were removed from the Henge at Lismullin, Conor Newman (not NRA) said �This is a monument of major significance. It compares with Iron Age monuments found at the related royal sites of Emain Macha and Dun Ailinne, and a discovery of this magnitude in a landscape so heavily invested with ceremonial monuments was predicted from the start.� 23/1/08

On May 9th 07 Dr Muireann Ni Bhrolchain (not NRA) said �A dog was buried near the henge. His body was intact on 29th and he had been "bagged" as they call it by 3 May. Dog burials are found at other ceremonial royal sites.� and �Dogs were totemic animals in early Ireland, dogs have been found at similar royal sites in the country. Either the NRA don't know how important this is or they are trying to downplay this site as well as all the others. Why are certain archaeologists trying to say that the burial was a badger? � 23/1/08

The NRA magazine Seanda gives a report in Issue 2, part 2 on the discovery of a dog at Lismullin � �In addition, the skeletal remains of a medium-sized dog were deposited in a crescentshaped pit or kiln located 65�70 m south-east of the post enclosure. Dog burials are known from both Iron Age and early medieval sites. It is possible that the burial of the Lismullin dog may have had ritual significance associated with the Iron Age ceremonial activities at the site; at the time of writing, radiocarbon dates for the dog burial are pending.� 24/1/08

The NRA in the 2007 issue 2 of Seanda tells us that �radiocarbon dates for the dog burial are pending�. But follow this carefully because in a reply to Muireann Ni Bhrolchain from ACS Ltd below we are led to believe that that the �dog� has been dated by the �radiocarbon� method but if you carefully read what has actually been said by ACS Ltd you will see that it is the pit that is being spoken about and that the �dog� is merely �dated to the late medieval period�.

The following paragraph is from ACS Ltd who are the responsible archaeological company at Lismullin to an inquiry about the dog find �

"The complete remains of a medium sized dog were recovered from a pit approximately 50m south of the Lismullin enclosure. The pit was not stratigraphically related to the enclosure and radiocarbon dating has confirmed this as the dog is dated to the late medieval period. This is no surprise as there is a substantial amount of early medieval and medieval settlement and agricultural activity in the area. Animal bone studies of the dog and other animal bone retrieved from the site are ongoing but I can confirm that there were no complete horse burials anywhere on site at Lismullin. As horse is a relatively common feature of early medieval and medieval animal bone assemblages it is possible that some horse bone will be identified during these studies. Some disturbed partial human remains were recovered from adjacent an early medieval souterrain approximately 50m north of the Lismullin enclosure. These remains are currently being studied but it is anticipated that they are related to the souterrain or later activity. Osteoarchaeological specialist analysis of the human remains from a number of sites on the scheme is ongoing and specialist reports will be uploaded to the scheme website in the New Year and as they become available."
Email to this author � 23/1/08

It is implied above that �radiocarbon� dating has dated the �dog� but if you read what has actually been said by ACS Ltd carefully you will see that it is the pit that is being spoken about and the �dog� is merely �dated to the late medieval period�. The dating method or proof of the �dogs� burial date is not mentioned, merely alluded to. But this is done under a smoke screen of word association using the important archaeological dating term �radiocarbon�. As an Archaeology Diploma student with NUIG � I find it difficult to see how ACS Ltd on behalf of the NRA can use radiocarbon dating to date a pit �The pit was not stratigraphically related to the enclosure and radiocarbon dating has confirmed this� because only organic material such as wood, leather, bone etc can be used by the radiocarbon dating method to give a date. A pit itself cannot be radiocarbon dated, only organic material in the pit and the enclosure can be dated using the radiocarbon dating technique. Even if a pit could be dated using the �radiocarbon dating method, we would expect to see the actual results for example displayed as �1500 +/- 65 BP� or similar (BP means before 1950 of the common-era). This is because each radiocarbon date has a cost attached to it and these radiocarbon dates are seen as very valuable dating proof. No radiocarbon dates are given for the �pit� as no radiocarbon date can exist for the �pit�. In the reply from ACS above we are told that the �pit was not stratigraphically related to the enclosure� but this is not supported by any figures showing depth of the pit and depth of the enclosure and is just given as a fact without any comparative photo�s or other proof. The NRA above also tells us �the Lismullin dog may have had ritual significance associated with the Iron Age�. So now we have a �dog that is Iron Age and Late Medieval at the same time without any radiocarbon dates shown, but with implied radiocarbon dating qualifiers but no actual radiocarbon date given�

We are being smothered in a fog of disinformation regarding the burial age of the dog. But we do have a promise from the NRA mag that; �at the time of writing, radiocarbon dates for the dog burial are pending.� and �Animal bone studies of the dog and other animal bone retrieved from the site are ongoing� so we must wait for whatever they choose to tell us. ACS and the NRA do not show any pictures of their �medium-sized dog� on their website or in their Seanda magazine. Professional archaeological practice demands that many pictures of any such find must be taken prior to and during the excavation of the find, so I suggest that the ASC/NRA do in fact have their own images but they have decided to not show these to us because the find is most definitely not a dog. A short comment without any image about the dog by the NRA in the Seanda magazine is the only official report.

One archaeologist resigned from working near the Lismullin Henge the day they bagged the �dog�. He has returned and hopefully now more of the true story will emerge. The find at Tara Valley near Lismullin Henge is not a dog � just look at the images on page one above, it is very clearly a different species, most likely a mature Ape or Primate from another country, possibly Morocco. It may have been a gift to Cormac Mc Airt or some other high king of Tara and Ireland. There is also a thick fog of disinformation over the find of a complete horse skeleton just north of the Lismullin Henge. This is of huge significance in the Valley of the White Mare and more information on this is coming out now despite the statement by ACS that �no complete horse burials anywhere on site at Lismullin�. There may have been a 99% horse burial that has been professionally disappeared and discounted as not being 100%, but it may have been a horse.

What disgraceful attitudes the NRA, ACS and Ms Deevey display if indeed this was not a dog but an Ape. Perhaps the Ape will now begin to haunt the servants of the corrupt toll road pirates. A full and independent professional investigation by archaeologists from outside of the control of the NRA paymaster is required right now into the deliberate bad practice being used to destroy Tara Valley. Who is the top person giving instructions and responsible for such bad attitudes and why are they so intent on destruction of the Royal City of Celtic Tara? How many other incredible finds in Tara Valley and other places in the way of new toll roads have been destroyed by these greedy people? It is time to stop the corruption; time to sack the top people involved and time to begin the tribunal into the scandal of planning and deliberate bad practice by archaeologists that has allowed such terrible and deliberate cultural destruction. Save Tara Valley and stop governmental and criminal corruption now.

*Barbary Ape - DISTRIBUTION Originally occurred widely in north Africa and even in southern Europe. Disappeared from Tunisia in relatively recent times and now restricted to isolated forest regions in Algeria and northeastern Morocco. There is a relatively large, artificially provisioned (fed) but otherwise free-ranging colony on Gibraltar. HABITAT Deciduous mixed oak and cedar forests with a pronounced dry season. 24/1/08

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If these remains are of a dog or an ape - then why did the NRA never show any images on line, in their magazine, why was it disappeared so quickly, why was such a ritual burial in a royal site not cause for focused investigation, why did one archaeologist try to dismiss the find as a badger???

If it was a medieval dog - then we have a most unusual situation. The suggestion that it may have been an Irish Wolfhound is of great interest because during medieval times the Irish Wolfhound became extinct and was later re-introduced from Europe. This is historical fact. There was a noticeable difference in the two breeds and such a find of a medieval dog ceremonially buried in the Tara valley in medieval times near such important ritual pagan monuments is of immense importance.

If it is was an ape - then we have something even more exciting because it would have been a prestige gift to a High King. This would imply other great finds may be nearby etc etc.

Bear in mind that Utzi - the 5000 year old Ice man from the alps was only recently discovered to have been murdered 10 years after he had been found and examined by many many experts. The most recent conclusion regarding Utzi is death is by flint arrow. If Utzi was in the way of the NRA toll road he would have been bagged and disappeared as quickly as a dog/ape .....

Let the debate be "is it a dog or an ape" and let the more important debate attached to this be "why did the NRA try to hide it". This is the issue - there was no NRA image, no proper report, no qualified analysis by independent experts. Invite scrutiny of the NRA approach to ancestral remains in Tara Valley - see the human bones I found - the toll road builders crushed them with diggers. They have no ethics - investigate them with the Light of public opinion.

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