Storm Ophelia Unearths Ancient Skeleton at Kilmore Quay

Ancient skeletal remains have been unearthed on a beach in Kilmore Quay after Storm Ophelia battered the country on Monday. The remains which could date to the Iron Age were discovered by walkers on Tuesday afternoon at Forlorn Point.

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Skeletal remains found at Forlorn Point off the fishing village of Kilmore Quay in Wexford

A coastal walkway had been severely damaged by waves during the storm leaving the ancient burial site exposed. Gardaí were called to the scene and the area was sealed off.

State Pathologist Marie Cassidy visited the site and carried out an initial examination and a forensic anthropologist also attended the scene.

The bones possibly date to somewhere between 500 BC and 400 AD. The remains will be taken to Dublin to the National Museum for further testing.

There was no previous knowledge of a burial ground in the area and the discovery has led to locals wondering whether there could be more historical sites around the village.

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