Secrets of the Bog – The National Museum of Ireland Bog Bodies Research

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Midlands Park Hotel

Jessop Street

R32 KV20 Portlaoise

Ireland

View Map

Event description
This talk will highlight findings of the NMI Bog Bodies Research Project, providing insights into life and death in prehistoric Ireland.

About this Event

This evening time event is appropriate for aged 14+ and will explore the history and science of bog bodies in Ireland with Isabella Mulhall, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland.

The NMI Bog Bodies Research Project was established in 2003 following the discoveries of two remarkably well- preserved Iron Age bog bodies in the Irish midlands. The scientific investigation which followed produced a wealth of exciting results that shed new light on Ireland’s remote past.

Scientific data was obtained regarding the age and gender of the individuals as well as their diet, health and well-being, their date and cause of death, and the manner in which they were disposed of in bogs. Since 2003, further finds of bog bodies have come to light in Ireland’s peatlands and include the exceptionally well-preserved remains of Cashel Man unearthed in Cúil na Móna Bog in 2011 and subsequently radiocarbon dated to 2000 BC.

These remarkable individuals have come to us as ambassadors of their time, speaking to us across the millennia and allowing us to literally come face-to-face with our distant past. This public talk will highlight the main findings of the NMI project and provide insights into life and death in prehistoric Ireland and further afield.

This event is part of the Midlands Science Festival, as a result of a partnership between the National Museum of Ireland and Midlands Science to bring museum outreach to the midlands region. The Laois events are presented in association with the Heritage Office of Laois County Council.

This event takes place in the Maryborough Room 2 of the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise.

Image - close up of Old Croghan Man’s hand [National Museum of Ireland].

Date and Time

Location

Midlands Park Hotel

Jessop Street

R32 KV20 Portlaoise

Ireland

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved