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Friday 19 September 2014

Remains 'of at least five people' found outside Trinity College

*Warning: graphic images of skeleton below

Published 14/08/2014 | 16:02

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16/7/14 Luas works stop outside Trinity College after the discovery of what maybe human remains. Picture: Arthur Carron
Luas works stop outside Trinity College after the discovery of skeletal remains. Picture: Arthur Carron

THE skeletal remains of least five people have been found by archaeologists working at Trinity College on Dublin's College Green.

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The first remains were found on 16 July during Luas Cross City works on College Green - at a depth of 1.5m below the present ground surface.

But monitoring archaeologists from Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd, working on behalf of the Railway Procurement Agency, have confirmed today that a number of subsequent discoveries were made.

"The (first) individual was situated below the known level of post-medieval activity, suggesting the remains are most likely medieval or earlier in date," Rubicon said in a statement.

"Over the course of subsequent days the partial remains of at least four more individuals were uncovered within the trench; these were archaeologically excavated from the area in July.

"This suggests that this part of College Green functioned as a cemetery at some point in Dublin’s past."

Rubicon Heritage Site Director Nikolah Gilligan, who led the excavation, noted that "all bar one of the individuals were positioned in north-south orientated grave cuts, apparently with no grave goods present."

One of the skeletons. Photo: Rubicon Heritage Services

He added "it is too early to confirm the date of the human remains, though the possibility that they are Viking cannot be discounted, given previously recorded Viking activity in the area". 

Detailed environmental and osteoarchaeological analysis of the remains will now to be undertaken by Rubicon Heritage Services.

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