Hillsborough Castle grounds reveal a Medieval burial

Archaeologists conducting excavations on the grounds of the Hillsborough Castle in County Down, Northern Ireland, discovered a human skeleton. The burial is suspected to be about 1000 years old. The excavations were conducted prior to construction of a major redevelopment project. The skeleton was discovered about two hours into the first day of excavations.

Skull of the skeleton (by BBC News)
Skull of the skeleton (by BBC News)

The human remains are thought to be that of a young woman. The skeleton will be removed for further tests that will confirm the gender and age. A a well-preserved skeleton of this age was an unusual find in Northern Ireland. The archaeologists are hoping to find the walls of a medieval church on the site, dated to 15th or 16th Century.

Excavations at the site (by BBC News)
Excavations at the site (by BBC News)

(after BBC News)

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