“A 600-year-old body found by archaeologists excavating the crannog site in Co Fermanagh may have been the victim of an ancient murder mystery, it has emerged.
The fact the woman, who was in her late teens when she died, was not buried in either a recognised graveyard or in traditional manner has led archaeologists to consider foul play.
Excavation director Dr Nora Bermingham dated the teenager’s death to around the 15th or 16th centuries.
“The skeleton of a young woman, probably around 18 or 19 with very bad teeth, was found in the upper layers of the crannog,” she said.
The expert described the burial as “irregular” but said the cause of death may only be discovered when the remains are examined by a bones specialist.
“All we can say at the moment was that the burial itself was in slight disarray, it was slightly disarticulated, which means that it wasn’t a normal internment,” she said.”
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