Ballynahatty, County Down

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Ballynahatty (from Irish Baile na hÁite Tí, meaning 'townland of the house site')[1] is a small village and townland in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies on the southern edge of Belfast. It contains the Giants Ring, a henge monument, consisting of a circular enclosure, 200m in diameter, surrounded with a 4m high earthwork bank with five entrances, and a small neolithic passage grave slightly off-centre. Giant's Ring is a State Care Historic Monument at grid ref: J3272 6770.[2]

An example of Neolithic farmers was discovered buried in the henge in 1855 , fragments of her skeleton, is now known as Ballynahatty woman, whose genome has been sequenced recently and her DNA reveals a woman with black hair and brown eyes with Mediterranean heritage ,this is typical of early European farmers that swept across Europe in the Neolithic period,and proves early farmers spread from the Middle East all the way to Ireland .

Ballynahatty is also a townland, in the parish of Drumragh, County Tyrone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celebrating Ulster's Townlands - Place Names in County Down". Ulster Place Names. Retrieved 2007-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Ballynahatty" (PDF). Environment and Heritage Service NI - State Care Historic Monuments. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 

Coordinates: 54°32′32″N 5°57′24″W / 54.54222°N 5.95667°W / 54.54222; -5.95667