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Remains of Young Woman Unearthed at Crannog

Monday, April 15, 2013

ENNISKILLEN, IRELAND—The unusual burial of a young woman has been unearthed at a crannog in County Fermanagh, leading archaeologists to wonder if she may have been murdered. “This person wasn’t laid out on their back in an east-west direction, which is normal for a Christian burial. The body seems to have been bundled into [the] position it was buried in,” said archaeologist Nora Bermingham. Further examination of her remains could reveal the cause of her death, which probably took place in the fifteenth or sixteenth century, during the later years of the settlement on the artificial island. More than 4,000 artifacts dating back 1,400 years have been recovered.