Iron Age grave revealed by storm in southeast Ireland


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Storm Ophelia unearthed ancient skeletal remains that could be a thousand years old when a coastal walkway was battered by ferocious waves. A walker discovered the remains which are intact and even has some skin still attached.

Iron Age grave revealed by storm in southeast Ireland
The remains could be part of an historic burial site [Credit: Jim Campbell]

The historic burial ground at Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford, was not known about until now. Locals are bemused by the discovery and say it throws up questions about whether there could be more historical sites dotted around the fishing village.

County councillor Jim Moore told the Irish Daily Mirror: “People out walking discovered the remains on Tuesday afternoon. The area has been sealed off since then. It appears to be a grave, so in other words it is not a body that was a body which washed ashore.”

State Pathologist Marie Cassidy arrived at the scene today and carried out an initial examination. The body will be taken to Dublin for archaeological testing to try and determine exactly how old the remains are. The spot where it was found is appropriately named Forlorn Point.

Cllr Moore said: “It is the closest point to the sea. It is very remote and it now throws up the question whether there are more burial grounds in the area.”

Iron Age grave revealed by storm in southeast Ireland
The skeletal remains found in Kilmore Quay [Credit: Jim Campbell]

The force of the storm battered the coastline, speeding up the rate of coastal erosion.

“It is a very tidal area. Erosion is the reason this was found. It left the site exposed and that’s how it was spotted.”

Two years ago a similar discovery was made at the nearby Ballyteigue Bay, which is adjacent to the where the most recent body was found.

“That was another very old skeleton. At this point we do not know if there is any link between the two. We have to consider know whether there is a need for further archaeological examination.”

A garda spokesperson confirmed: “At approximately 4.45pm on Tuesday people out walking at Forlorn Point, Kilmore Quay discovered skeletal remains. Gardai were called and the services of the State Pathologists Office and a Forensic anthropologist were sought. It was established that the remains were historical maybe from the iron age. The National Museum will take custody of the remains.”

Author: Saoirse McGarrigle | Source: Irish Mirror [October 18, 2017]



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