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Clonycavan Man
Dublin, Ireland

 

 

     Background information about the mummy

One of the most recent Irish bog discoveries was unearthed in February 2003. Peat cutters near Clonycavan, County Meath (near Dublin) discovered a well-preserved and quite horrific partial upper body (lacking forearms and hands as well as the lower abdomen) that has come to be called Clonycavan Man.

Police investigators originally thought that the man had been murdered, and his body recently buried in the bog, by members of the Irish Republican Army. Pathologists and archaeologists, however, realized that the body was much older than that. In fact, later tests revealed that the man died between 392 BC and 201 BC.

His death was particularly grisly. He had been hit on the head three times, perhaps with an axe, so hard that it was split open, revealing his brains. He had also been hit in the chest, and he was disemboweled as well. (Note that one of the Weerdinge Men had been also disemboweled.) 

Experts recreated the head of the Iron Age man.What fascinated scientists, however, was his hair. Swooped high on his head, perhaps to make up for his short stature (scientists estimated that he was 5 feet two inches tall), his hair contained gel (vegetable oil mixed with resin) imported from an area of near the border of Spain and France. His face was reconstructed by scientists from the University of Dundee. 

 

     Where to see him

His body is on display at the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin along with Oldcroghan Man and Gallagh Man.

 

 

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