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Almost 6,000 years ago a narrow trackway of branches and twigs was laid down on the wet surface of a County Longford bog, signalling the start of a practice that would continue for the following four millennia and would create one of the most remarkable archaeological complexes ever excavated in Ireland’s wetlands.The bog in question lies in the townland of Edercloon, just south of the County Leitrim border and the village of Roosky in County Roscommon (Illus. 1). Archaeological deposits were first identified there by Cultural Resource Development Services Ltd (CRDS Ltd) in February 2006 during test excavations in advance of the construction of the N4 Dromod–Roosky Bypass on behalf of Leitrim County Council, Longford County Council and the National Roads Authority (NRA). The following April, the company returned to investigate further, and within days of opening more trenches it became apparent that beneath the grassy surface of the reclaimed bog was a perfectly preserved complex of wooden structures. In the following weeks, 28 excavation trenches were opened and over 100 archaeologists from 17 countries arrived to work on this remarkable excavation.1