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During the early medieval period the site of Sligo was eclipsed by the importance of the great Columban monastery 5 miles to the north at Drumcliff.
By the 12th century there was a bridge and small settlement in existence at the site of the present town.
Excavations for the NRA for the N4 Sligo Inner Relief Road in 2002 revealed a Bronze Age Henge at Tonafortes (beside the Carraroe roundabout) on the southern outskirts of the town, and an early Neolithic causewayed enclosure (c. C.) at Maugheraboy on high ground overlooking the town from the south.
This is the oldest causewayed enclosure so far discovered in Britain or Ireland.
Norman hegemony was, however, not destined to last long in Sligo.
The town is unique in Ireland in that it is the only Norman-founded Irish town to have been under almost continuous native Irish control throughout the Medieval period.
It refers to the abundance of shellfish found in the river and its estuary, and from the extensive shell middens in the vicinity.
The Ordnance Survey letters of 1836 state that "cart loads of shells were found underground in many places within the town where houses now stand".
Cairns Hill on the southern edge of the town also has two very large stone cairns.
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The area around Sligo town has one of the highest densities of prehistoric archaeological sites in Ireland.
It is the only place in which all classes of Irish megalithic monuments are to be found together.The whole area, from the river estuary at Sligo, around the coast to the river at Ballysadare Bay, is rich in marine resources which were utilised as far back as the Mesolithic period.The importance of Sligo's location in prehistory is demonstrated by the abundance of ancient sites close by and even within the town.Also called Clan Aindrias, the O 'Conors were a branch of the O' Conchobar dynasty of Kings of Connacht.