'Cashel Man' was given as sacrifice to the gods
New evidence suggests that a "bog body" uncovered last month was almost certainly a ruler who was sacrificed in a prehistoric ritual, writes Mark Hilliard.
'Cashel Man', as the remains are likely to be referred to, was discovered by a Bord na Mona worker in Co Laois.
The remains are now safely in cold storage and the National Museum is putting the final touches to the team that will carry out extensive scientific tests on the body.
CT, MRI scans and X-rays will be conducted while reports on soil, pathology, anatomy, hair and teeth must also be compiled.
Ned Kelly, of the museum's Irish antiquities division, said: "There is no question that we are dealing with a sacrificial killing. We weren't as sure before, but we are now."
However, they are now confident that the remains match the same profile as the 'Oldcroghan Man' remains, discovered in Co Offaly in 2003. Both appear to be former kings, sacrificed to appease the gods.