Preshistoric body discovered

PREHISTORIC human remains, believed to be the result of a human sacrifice, have been found in the Cul ma Mona bog between Abbeyleix and Portlaoise. It was discovered on the Bord na Mona land by an employee operating a milling maching on Wednesday evening.

PREHISTORIC human remains, believed to be the result of a human sacrifice, have been found in the Cul ma Mona bog between Abbeyleix and Portlaoise. It was discovered on the Bord na Mona land by an employee operating a milling maching on Wednesday evening.

The find has been described as “very exciting” by the National Museum of Ireland. The museum said it was one of very few bog bodies discovered in situ, which meant not only the remains, but its intact environment, could be studied.

Museum staff on site said at this stage they did not know the precise age or gender of the individual, but the body could be that of a young woman and may have been the result of a human sacrifice.

The body is estimated to be over 2,000 years old. It appears the torso and head, which were in a leather bag, did not survive. The legs, however, were not enclosed by the bag and were preserved by chemicals in the peat.