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London, July 27 ( ANI ): A fine toothed comb is among the treasures that archaeologists have uncovered at an excavation site in Ireland.

Arrow heads, pottery and ancient human remains have also been discovered at the crannog - a kind of artificial island - which could date back more than 1,000 years.

The site, near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, is being cleared to allow for a new road, but archaeologists have been given time to get all the information that they possibly can before the bulldozers move in.

"The Cherrymount link crannog was thought initially to date back to the 14th century but now evidence suggests it went back to early medieval times," the BBC quoted archaeologist Declan Hurl as saying.

"We've found human remains. This was a burial elsewhere that had been removed and for some reason brought to this site and re-buried on the crannog.

"Why the body was buried there is one of the many mysteries that remain unsolved including why the crannog was built here in the first place. It may have been some sort of seasonal site where people would have gone to catch fish or hunt wild fowl," he said.

The crannog was initially thought to be 700 years old, but fragments of pottery found at the site date from as far back as the ninth century.

Other findings include the bone comb once used by an image conscious lough dweller and a metal blade, which is still sharp after hundreds of years.

The researchers found a leather shoe that had been preserved in the earth and arrowheads dating from the Bronze Age.

"It is always exciting to see a beautifully made artefact," Hurl said.

"Crannogs are quite numerous in Fermanagh but the excavations are like hens' teeth so it is great to be given an opportunity to look at this particular one - It is always an eye opener," Hurl said.

Given that the road will be built over it, the archaeologists have been allowed more time to unearth the site's secrets and the Roads Service is paying for the excavation. ( ANI )

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