Skeleton of Viking child discovered during excavation in Dublin

Started by gash, September 28, 2020, 06:24:05 pm

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The mysterious death of a child in the early Viking period has been uncovered by excavations near the original Dubh Linn, or black pool, that gave Dublin its name.

The find was made during an excavation near Dublin Castle where in ancient times the River Poddle flowed into the Dubh Linn near the River Liffey.

The skeleton, which was largely intact, was found just at the point before the river entered the pool and is thought to date from the 9th or 10th century.

After it was excavated it was discovered to be that of a child aged between 10 and 12 years of age - most likely a boy - and is thought to have been wrapped in a shroud before being thrown into the river.
The body was found with shoulders hunched together and an iron buckle or fastener was found with the body.

Alan Hayden from the UCD School of Archaeology who was leading the dig said the fact that it was not given a proper burial and was dumped in this manner could suggest an act of violence.

Further tests will be carried out to determine the date of death, gender and the ethnic origin of the person.

The dig, which is being carried out on the site of an office development on Ship Street beside Dublin Castle, has already discovered that the original Dubh Linn was much larger than originally thought, extending beyond the walls of Dublin Castle.

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