Skeletal remains that disappeared from a Donegal sand quarry at the weekend have been handed in to the County Museum in Letterkenny this afternoon.

The remains, believed to be those of a child, were handed in anonymously by a local man with a keen interest in archaeology.

Among the artefacts handed in were items he had collected for a period of ten years from the sand quarry, including a comb made of animal bone, iron artefacts, a selection of animal and human bones and a plate made from bone.

He claims to have removed the bones from the sand bank in which they were embedded to prevent them being damaged by children and holidaymakers who were in the vicinity of the quarry.

Caroline Carr at the Donegal Museum said it was a hugely significant find for Gweedore, as this was the first major archaeological site discovered in the area.

However, she said it was morally wrong, as well as against the law, to have disturbed and removed these remains and other artefacts without notifying gardaí or the museum.

She said the site was now damaged as a result and appealed to the public to always notify the museum before touching any items they may come across.

The artefacts will be sent to the National Museum in Dublin for further testing and the site will be registered as a protected archaeological area.