An incredible photo guide to Ireland’s ancient bog bodies


11. Drumkeeragh body
County Down, Carbon date: --, Presumed female, discovered 1780
The remains, consisting of a skeleton, clothing, and some hair, was found by near Drumkeeragh Mountain by surveyors. A braided lock of hair from the body was given to Elizabeth Rawdon (or Lady Moira) in 1781, who soon found interest in the body and eventually published an article about the find in the Journal of Archaeologia. To this day, only the lock of hair and some cloth fragments remain.

12. Galagh Man
County Galway, Carbon date: 400–200 BCE, male, disovered 1821
The Galagh Man was discovered lying on his side nine feet below the surface of an Irish bog in 1821. A willow rod was found wrapped around his neck which was most likely used to strangle him. A cape was found around one of his lower legs. The body was pinned to the bottom of the bog by two wooden pegs likely to keep it from surfacing. Analysis concluded that he was a young man at the approximate age of 25. The body is on display in the National Museum of Ireland

13. Kinakinelly Man
County Galway, Carbon date: 200-100 BCE
The man was found buried with bones of red deer.

14. Meenybradden Woman
County Donegal, Carbon date: 1050–1410 CE, female, 1978
The woman was believed to be around 25–30 years old at her time of death. The Meenybradden woman's cloak has brought in a bit of controversy. The body was found to be around 500 years older than the cloak that her remains were wrapped in. Her body was buried about one meter deep into the bog. She was examined by Dr. John Harbison. Her cloak has been dated by textile typology to 16th–17th century, a 14C-dating has not yet been performed on the garment.

15. Mulkeeragh Man
County Cork, Carbon date: --, male, discovered 1753
This bog body was found wearing a military uniform and a cloak. The body was later reburied.

16. Old Croghan Man

Old Crogham Man. Source: Google Images
Old Crogham Man. Source: Google Images

County Offaly, Carbon date: 362–175 BCE, male, discovered 2003
The Old Croughan Man was found in the same year as Clonycavan Man. Only the torso was discovered, lacking a head and abdomen. He was believed to have been 6'6'' tall, and to have been a wealthy individual, since his hands lacked evidence of any hard labour. Examination revealed that both Old Croughan Man and Clonycavan Man were in their twenties when they were killed.

17. Stoneyisland Man

Stoneyisland Man. Source: Wikipedia
Stoneyisland Man. Source: Wikipedia

County Galway, Carbon date: 3320–3220 BCE, male, discovered 1929
The skeletonized body was found by peat diggers and was originally believed to be the remains of a missing man. After examination the body was found to be over 5,000 years older. The cause of the man's death was probably drowning. He is known to be Ireland's oldest bog body.