New book reports on the excavations of burials by the National Museum of Ireland,

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DUBLIN.- Dr. Pat Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, is pleased to announce the launch of a new book titled Breaking Ground, Finding Graves – reports on the excavations of burials by the National Museum of Ireland, 1927 – 2006, Edited by Mary Cahill and Maeve Sikor . Breaking Ground, Finding Graves, is an account of 80 years of fieldwork by the National Museum of Ireland. Since its earliest days the National Museum of Ireland has responded to reports of discoveries of artefacts – including ancient human remains – from all over the country. Reports of discovery of ancient human remains come to the museum in many different ways – through An Garda Síochána, farmers, quarry operators, gardeners and builders. The book contains a very diverse body of material with the earliest burials dating from the Neolithic period c. 3500 BC. Burials can occur