An ancient cremation urn containing human remains has been found by archaeologists surveying the site of a new hospital in the Republic of Ireland.

It was discovered in Ballyshannon in County Donegal and is believed to be around 4,000 years old.

The suspected Bronze Age urn has now been removed for further examination.Archaeologists say it is among a number of discoveries made on the Donegal site.”It’s really nice to find, it seems to be in pretty good condition and it’s actually upturned, so it’s an inverted urn,” Tamlyn McHugh of Fadó Archaeology , the site’s excavation director, told BBC Radio Foyle.Its discovery prompted the on-site team to call in a more specialised and expert conservator.

“She lifted the whole thing in one block. We haven’t had the opportunity to look at the pot because she has taken it back to the laboratory to do a little mini excavation of it in the laboratory setting,” Ms McHugh said.