September 14, 2015 | by Amy Lynn
photo credit: The tree. Photo credit Thorsten Kahlert
Preliminary analysis indicates the bones are around 1,000 years old and belonged to a young man between the ages of 17 and 25. It was apparent the young man suffered an extremely violent death as the bones showed signs of several wounds inflicted by a sharp object, such as a knife or sword. Radiocarbon analysis shows the body was buried in a shallow grave sometime between 1030 and 1200 AD.
Currently, it’s unclear whether or not this young man died in battle or was perhaps murdered in some sort of quarrel. Archaeologist Marion Dowd told Irish Archaeology, “No other burials are known from the area but historical records do indicate a possible graveyard and church in the vicinity.” Further analysis will hopefully tell us more about the young man and how he died.