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The bog body dug up in Rossan bog in Meath, close to the border with Westmeath

The bog body dug up in Rossan bog in Meath, close to the border with Westmeath

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The bog body dug up in Rossan bog in Meath, close to the border with Westmeath

A BOG body discovered in the midlands over the weekend will "bring us closer to understanding the lives and belief systems of our ancestors," say researchers.

Archaeologists are excited about the find on the Meath/Westmeath border, which will allow for detailed research.

A similar body found at Rossan Bog, two miles outside Kinnegad, in 2012 was found to be an adult who lived at some stage between 700 and 400BC.

The latest discovery consists of the lower leg and foot bones of an adult and was made by Bord na Mona workers on Saturday. It is not yet known whether the remains are male or female.

It is believed that Rossan Bog is located on an ancient territorial boundary, areas often associated with bog finds.

Experts from the National Museum of Ireland's conservation laboratory at Collins Barracks in Dublin will carry out analysis of the remains.

The National Museum already holds the finest collection of bog bodies anywhere in the world.

Maeve Sikora of the Irish Antiquities Division thanked the staff at Bord na Mona for reporting the find so quickly.

Irish Independent