Human remains found in an Irish swamp could be up to 3,000 years old, explained the archaeologists who worked at the site. The body believed to belong to a woman was discovered by the driver of a lawn-grinding machine in a swamp near Portlaoise in the central region of the country on Wednesday.
Parts of the body, including the head and torso that were encased in a leather bag, are in very poor condition, but the legs were preserved by chemicals from the peat.
Experts at the National Museum of Ireland believe that the remains found could belong to a victim of a ritual sacrifice, something frequent in the ancient inhabitants of the region.
The first indications show that the remains, which were found in an area of archaeological interest, are at least 2,000 years old, although it is more likely to be closer to 3,000 years.
Other finds have been made in that swamp in recent years, including leather shoes, ax heads, and soggy butter, believed to have been buried as a means of preservation.
The remains will be taken to the National Museum in Dublin for radio analysis and carbon dating.
Ned Kelly, the Museum's chief of Antiquities who traveled to the site, said more than 100 bodies (and parts of them) were found in the swamps of Ireland. "After a preliminary examination, we can be reasonably sure that it is a late prehistoric body and that its death is due to a ritual, since the people of the region used to perform sacrifices in that period”.
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