December 30, 2015 · 5:00 PM EST
By Christopher Woolf (follow)
Let’s call her ‘Maria.’
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She’s a brown-eyed, brown-haired woman, with a face that would be right at home in the Medi terranean or the Middle East.
And she’s Irish.
She lived about 5200 years ago, and was buried near a stone monument and an ancient ring-shaped earthwork, in Ballynahatty, near Belfast. It was her people who built nearly all those megalithic tombs, monuments and stone circles, that you see in advertisements from the Irish tourism industry. Continue reading