A NEW exhibition at the Tower Museum is set to give a fascinating insight into what life was like here 6,000 years ago.

The “Megaliths of Northern Ireland” exhibition opened in the Museum last Monday July 11 and will focus on the significance of ancient standing stone structures that are scattered across the region.

The exhibition aims to cast an illuminating beam back through millennia on the history of the Megalithic people who lived in Northern Ireland during the time of the Neolithic (New Stone Age) period. Megaliths are literally monuments made of ‘great stone’. There are many of these prehistoric megaliths scattered around the countryside.

Margaret Edwards said the exhibition will allow people a window into our ancient past: “The exhibition encourages visitors to take time to explore our landscape for these megalithic tombs and will help them to identify the different types of megaliths to be found such as portal bombs, court tombs and stone circles. They will also discover more about the Neolithic people, how they lived and farmed as well as the different myths and legends surrounding these stone structures.”

The exhibition opened on Monday July 11 and will run until September 30, 2011 at the Tower Museum. Opening hours are: July - August Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5pm and Sunday 12 - 4 pm. September - Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 12 - 4pm. Admission to this temporary exhibition is free.