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Mountsandel (Mountsandel Rd, Coleraine BT52 1TL)


Mountsandel is the earliest known settlement site in Ireland. Archaeologists uncovered evidence here of a Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) settlement dated to 7700-7400BC. Evidence was found of a succession of almost egg-shaped huts around 6m in diameter, with storage pits, drying racks and a flint working area.


The majority of artefacts found were flint implements with some stone axes.


The earthen fort is thought to date back to Norman times.


The forest walk leads from the fort down to the banks of the Bann and passes close to the weir at The Cutts.


There are good views over Somerset Wood and of the River Bann.


Access is free.


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