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Human remains found at Castle


The remains of at least three burials have been found at Swords Castle

The remains of at least three burials have been found at Swords Castle

The remains of at least three burials have been found at Swords Castle


The remains of at least three burials have been found by volunteers digging history at Swords Castle.

Not for the first time, the community archaeology project, now in its third year, has uncovered evidence of human remains buried within the castle walls.

It was the volunteers in 'trench nine' at Swords Castle that made the discover as they were looking for the missing wall of the East Tower of the castle complex, but instead found at least three burials.

Speaking about the extraordinary discovery, Christine Baker, Fingal's Community Archaeologist said: 'It is not the first time that burials have been uncovered at Swords Castle, however, the depth, just a few inches below the ground surface, is surprising. 'We know from previous works that an 11th century burial ground was here before Swords Castle was built.

'Indeed we have found isolated human bones, which we have dated to this period, during Seasons One and Two of our Swords Castle: Digging History project.

'But to find burials that haven't been totally removed by the old orchard or subsequent works so close to the surface is very unusual.'

The burials have been disturbed by tree roots and given their position and condition, they will not survive reburial, according to Fingal County Council.

Therefore, in agreement with the statutory authorities, the National Museum of Ireland and the National Monuments Service, the burials will be excavated.

The community archaeologist said: 'An important element of the archaeology project has been Finding Fanning's Burials, which were excavated in 1971 and have since disappeared.

'We now have an opportunity to solve the questions that have remained unanswered for over forty years.'

She added: 'By excavating, analysing and scientifically dating these remains we will be able to find out more about the people who were buried here and when they were buried. T

'he find has generated a lot of excitement among the volunteers on site but everyone is very respectful that these are remains and they will be excavated in an appropriate manner.

'They will then be sent our osteoarchaeologist Dr Linda Lynch for analysis.'

Those investigations may tell us a lot more about who these people were, how old they were, when they died and how they died, shedding new light on the lives that inhabited the age old castle.

Season Three of the Swords Castle: Digging History community dig has been up and running since August, 18 and continues until September 6 so there may be many more secrets these archaeological volunteers will uncover before the digging is complete.

You can go along and have a look at what is going on at any time and but if you want to get in the trenches and get your hands dirty then turn up at 10am to volunteer.