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Sam Keogh

Four Fold

The Old Croghan Man is one of a number of 2,000 year old ‘bog bodies’ unearthed from Irish wetlands in recent years. His remains, which comprise only the upper torso and arms, have been extensively analysed through a variety of tests, scans and forensic examinations to help build a picture of his life and his demise. He was likely the victim of a human sacrifice known as the ‘threefold death’, a violent ritual suffered by Celtic kings who failed to appease their subjects. His body was then deposited in a bog lake where the soft-tissue was compressed, tanned and preserved by the biochemical composition of the environment. The compacted remains are now on display in the National Museum of Ireland.

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