Archeologists have found stunning evidence of inhabitants of The Avondhu region from 3,700BC in a dig on the main Mallow and Mitchelstown road.
Discoveries include the foundation of a suspected Neolithic house dating to almost four thousand years before the birth of Christ.
The archeologists, in a report, believe the home was occupied by one of the earliest farming communities to have settled in the area.
They have also found a possible ritual site in keeping with the religion of the time and both settlement and burial evidence from the Bronze Age.
The Neolithic house discovery is thought to have been part of an ancient village.
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