The area has yielded a wealth of archaeological artefacts. Early Neolithic (4000 BC) tools have been discovered, indicative of a hunting or foraging existence. Evidence of house platforms, pits, and worked flints from late Stone Age suggest that human occupation at Rathdown commenced at this time.
The carinated bowl sherds shown above were found at Rathdown. They date from the early Neolithic (c. 4000). Carinated bowls such as these are the earliest pottery types found in Ireland.