Shoe more than 4,000 years old discovered near Cappawhite

Shoe more than 4,000 years old discovered near Cappawhite

Part of a lady's shoe estimated to be more than 4,000 years old has been found at the Carnhalla pre-historic site near Cappawhite.

The remains of a leather shoe sole, embossed with copper, was found by farmer Tom Coffey, who owns the 72 acres holding that includes 20 sites of archaeological note, scenic walking trails and woodland boasting the largest hazel and crab trees in Ireland.

Tom said he found the artefact three weeks ago while getting some water from a well at the Carnalla heritage site.

The shoe sole was washed into a stream from earthwork surrounding a Bronze Age cooking site.

"I spotted it at the bottom of the stream. It looked like a stone but I knew it was man made.

"The workmanship on the sole and where it was found seem to indicate it must have been fashioned for a high status lady more than 4,000 years ago."

Tom has contacted the National Museum about the artefact and an expert is due to visit the heritage site over the summer to examine it.

He is currently storing it in water to prevent it from drying out.

He hopes the National Museum will start an archaeological dig of the site at some stage.

A geophysical mapping of the site was carried out about 10 years ago and it showed strong evidence of ancient habitation on the site.

The leather shoe sole is one of a range of ancient artefacts Tom has found at Carnhalla.

He has donated pieces of flint from the Stone Age and Mesolithic periods, jasper and copper metal slag to South Tipperary County Museum in Clonmel.