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Tomb raider Gardaí appeal for information following illegal excavation of Sligo passage tomb

An inspection at Carrownamaddoo and Castle Dargan Passage Tomb in Ballygawley, Co. Sligo showed that the cairn had been “substantially excavated” and “significant damage” was caused

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Gardaí are appealing for information following the discovery of an illegal excavation at a passage tomb in Co. Sligo.

An inspection at Carrownamaddoo and Castle Dargan Passage Tomb in Ballygawley, Co. Sligo showed that the cairn had been “substantially excavated” and “significant damage” was caused.

It is against the law for any person to dig or excavate in or under any land for the purpose of searching for archaeological objects and/or artefacts.

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In a statement on An Garda Síochána Sligo/Leitrim’s social media channels, gardaí and officials from The National Monuments Service said: “We are asking people to be vigilant while out and about exploring and enjoying these spectacular megalithic tombs our locality has to offer.

“We appeal to people to please leave these relics of our history untouched and undisturbed.

“We ask that if anyone notices any suspicious activity or damage to these sites to please report it to either The National Monuments Service at nationalmonuments@housing.gov.ie or An Garda Siochana.”

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