Palaeobotany near Ballaghcullia

Palaeobotanists study the plants that grew in the past. Palaeobotanists from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) visited Roscommon in the summer of 2019 and took a core from a bog near Ballaghcullia. They managed to get a very deep core (seven metres in length) that will provide a record of the plants that were growing in the area from every period since the Ice Age. Very excitingly, they have identified cereal pollen in the section dating from the Bronze Age, which tells us that people were growing crops nearby during the Bronze Age.