Experts examine latest bog body find at County Meath turf site
National Museum to determine significance of headless body
Archaeologists are to examine the latest ‘bog person’ remains found in Ireland.
A headless body was discovered in a peat bog in County Meath last week.
The find, on a site near the town of Kinnegad, was made by workers from the Bord na Mona company which controls Ireland’s turf bogs.
The Irish Times reports that experts from the National Museum are to begin examining the remains of Ireland’s latest ‘bog person’.
An archaeological team from the Museum excavated the remains on Saturday and transported them to Dublin.
The report says it is unclear at this stage the age, sex, or cause of death.
Details are likely to emerge following examination by the Museums team of experts this week.
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The Meath discovery comes a year after those believed to be of a sacrificial victim were found in a County Laois bog.
Maeve Sikora, an assistant keeper in the museum’s Irish antiquities division, told the Irish Times: “How ancient its year we won’t be able to say yet but it is a bog body of some antiquity.”
She added: “Its upper body appears to be intact and further analysis should be able to tell us how much else is there.
“It seems like it has been exposed to the air for quite a while and that would be damaging but nonetheless its condition is very good.”
Four such bog bodies are currently on display at the National Museum on Dublin.
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