The discovery of a skull pierced by an arrow of iron as part of skeletal remains found in a shallow grave sparked a murder mystery in a village in Galway - 1000 years after the attack horrible!
Recent hollow ridges in the land of cities and Tisaxon near Newcastle, Athenry, has revealed human remains exposed to the quarry face.
The archaeological work was recently completed by archaeologist Martin Consultancy Ltd Local Fitzpatrick Arch, which was funded by the National Monuments Service, which comes under the auspices of the Minister of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan.
Archaeology Excavation revealed that the funeral was in a shallow grave and the body was that of an adult male aged between 17 and 25. The corpse lay on its side and stacked instead of being posted.
A small hole in the skull was only obvious flaw is the skeleton, which was otherwise in good condition.
Further studies are osteoarchaeologist Tobin Caoimhe has revealed that the wound was caused by small, socketed, iron Arrowhead that had pierced his skull.
The arrow measured 4 cm in length was recovered from inside the skull. Preliminary analysis suggests that it dates from the 9th or 10th century.
Also exposed to traces of an underground chamber in front of another of the same quarry.
The "road" turned out to be the "drag" of a room or on the subway generally used for Refugees and storage. Ninth century, these monuments are often associated with heavy rings.
Mr. Fitzpatrick explained that if it is not associated with this circular fort Underground church instead of just the Templemoyle is immediate.
He added: "The archaeological features appear Templemoye meaning associated with it These are the properties of an early ecclesiastical enclosure, well, cemetery, church, cemetery, court system and the adjacent Tisaxon - the land of the city takes its name.."
He said the church and cemetery are remarkable in that they are located at Esker Ridge, which originally extended northeast of the church.
Since 1952, several graves were discovered during the sand and gravel from this area. In 1979, AR MAELPOIL OROIT graveslab scored and a large bronze bell coated iron fist seventh to ninth century, was discovered on the site.
The most recent mining activity took place west of the church and the cemetery, which revealed the skeleton, leading to unanswered questions about the death of a man 1000 years ago.
Mr Fitzpatrick said: "The results suggest that not everything is as it seems in this idyllic and esker overlooking the marshland surrounding thousand years ago a man pushed through the head with an arrow was hastily buried in a tomb.. Who was he? Is there a battle or an attack on the site? Are there other tombs in the region with similar injuries? his death is related to the previously unrecognized Underground, which was also discovered as a result of the career?
"It seems that the archaeology excavations have raised more questions than answers One thing is certain, though. - What is an archaeological and historical significance of the area and Tisaxon Templemoyle".
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