A violent death in Early Medieval Meath

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by Colm on November 26, 2015  in Archaeology blogsIrish Archaeology Sites
Royal 13 B VIII f.28

The Irish Annals indicate that during the early medieval period (c. AD 450 -1150) Ireland was at times a very violent place. Just how brutal life could be during this period was starkly illustrated by the results of an archaeological excavation at Raystown in Co. Meath. Carried out under the direction of Matthew Seaver, this dig uncovered a large early medieval cemetery that contained the remains of at least 90 burials. These were subsequent analysed by osteologist Dr Linda Fibiger and variety of pathologies were identified. However, one burial stood out.

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This was the remains of a young man, who was aged between 26 and 35 at time of death. He had been buried sometime around AD 400 to 600 and the cause of his passing was clearly evident on his bones…

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