Four medieval skeletons discovered in Ireland's Kilkenny
Four medieval skeletons were discovered on 28th July when Kilkenny Archaeology were monitoring excavations on behalf of the main contractors Duggan Brothers for a service trench for the new Medieval Mile Museum at St. Mary's church, Kilkenny.
|Archaeologists excavating the remains [Credit: © Kilkenny County Council]|
The skeletons, which are very well-preserved, are being carefully recorded and analysed in the ground by the archaeological team and their osteoarchaeologist Dr. Linda Lynch and once exhumed they will be brought to a lab for further detailed analysis. Once this is completed it may be possible to return the burials to St Mary's, following consultation with the National Museum of Ireland.
|Skeleton of a young girl [Credit: © Kilkenny County Council]|
"All of the skeletons are female: there are two children (aged around eight years old), a young adult in her teens/early twenties and an adult aged around 25 plus. No causes of death have yet been identified but this may come out of the lab analysis. The teenage girl appears to have not had an easy life as her spine was damaged from the prolonged lifting of heavy weights and one of her legs appeared to be shorter than the other, meaning she would have walked with a pronounced limp. One of the child skeletons also showed evidence of a severe iron deficiency which was probably caused by malnutrition."
|The skeletons will be taken to a lab where further analysis will take place [Credit: © Kilkenny County Council]|
Source: Kilkenny County Council [August 09, 2016]