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Monday 22 September 2014

Archaeologists to dig at Luas site after 17th Century body find

Brian Byrne

Published 17/07/2014 | 02:30

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THE discovery of human remains during utility works for the Luas Cross City line has led experts to believe that more bodies could be uncovered.

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A team of archaeologists were called to a site outside the front gates of Trinity College Dublin yesterday after the remains were discovered.

The alarm was raised after 9am as workers were removing utilities ahead of the installation of the new Luas route.

A hip bone and two leg bones were found 1.5 metres underground. They had been buried in a crouching position.

An initial inspection revealed the remains could date back to the 17th Century.

While it remains unclear whether a full skeleton will be found, an archaeologist who had been working nearby told the Irish Independent further bodies could be discovered.

A spokesperson from Luas Cross City said the site was cordoned off after the discovery and boards of wood were placed over the area.

An archaeological team are expected to return to the site from 8am today with a view to excavating the remains to the National Museum of Ireland later today or tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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