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1,000-Year-Old Human Remains Uncovered in Northern Ireland

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Hillsborough Castle skeleton COUNTY DOWN, NORTHERN IRELAND—Excavations on the grounds of an eighteenth-century country house known as Hillsborough Castle have uncovered a skeleton thought to have belonged to a young woman who lived 1,000 years ago. Archaeologists and volunteers had been looking for traces of a medieval church on the site when they found the remains and signs of additional burials. “We arrived hoping to find the remains of a fifteenth- or sixteenth-century church, but about two hours into our first day we uncovered a skeleton,” Jonathan Barkley of Northern Archaeology Consultancy told BBC News. The skeleton will be studied before it is reburied. No other human remains at the site will be removed. The excavation is being conducted ahead of construction to transform the castle into a tourist destination. For more, go to "Saving Northern Ireland's Noble Bog." 

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