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Irish Roots

Monday, December 07, 2015

Trenches Ireland Skeleton Tree Felled tree, IrelandTrenches Ireland Skeleton Tree Closeup Medieval human remains in tree rootsA storm blew over a 215-year-old beech tree in Sligo, Ireland, revealing a skeleton tangled in its root system. Archaeologist Marion Dowd was called in to investigate what she calls “an unusual situation,” and found that the remains belonged to a 17- to 20-year-old man who died of what appear to be knife wounds sometime between A.D. 1030 and 1200. Records indicate that there was a medieval graveyard in the area, and although no visible trace of it survives, Dowd suspects there could be more burials nearby. 

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