10,000 year-old spear found on historic Co Down hillside

A tiny spear dropped by a prehistoric “hunter gatherer” 10,000 years ago is the latest dramatic discovery on a famous Co Down hillside.

The needle, still sharp despite its Stone Age roots, has stunned archaeologists at an excavation dig in Downpatrick that is now expected to make its own history because of “significant findings”.

The Queen’s University team has confirmed the “microlith” is “the earliest evidence” for people living in the historic area.

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