Thursday 22 August 2019

Ancient exhibits: Skeletons to tell fascinating story

Time Team: Laurie Moylan, Isabel Hayden and Marie Cashin dress in shrouds to represent the two women and a child in the exhibition. Photo: Dylan Vaughan
Time Team: Laurie Moylan, Isabel Hayden and Marie Cashin dress in shrouds to represent the two women and a child in the exhibition. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

The story behind the "incredibly tough" lives of three women in medieval Kilkenny is being told for the first time following the discovery of their skeletal remains.

A new permanent exhibition was opened at Kilkenny's Medieval Mile Museum yesterday after a €90,000 investment from Fáilte Ireland.

The remains of three females, concealed for centuries, are central to the exhibit, which is entitled 'Three lives, three deaths, one life unlived'.

The parishioners, who lived between 1320 and 1640, include a woman in her 40s, a teenage girl who suffered malnutrition and a girl who died in infancy.

The initiative is designed to transform the quality of interpretation, animation and storytelling at existing heritage and visitor attractions throughout Ireland's Ancient East.

"We have to give the remains dignity and respect. We will never know their names but we can tease out individual stories," said osteoarchaeologist Linda Lynch.

The skeletons, along with 19 others, were discovered during excavation work in Kilkenny city in 2016.

Irish Independent

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