CAIRO – 22 June 2022: Researchers examining a mass grave in Ireland found clear evidence of excessive violence.
In 2021, archaeologists discovered a mass grave in Cork, Ireland, and now experts have confirmed that four of the men "met a violent end", according to ancient origins.
The researchers are interested in studying bones and use visual examination, by measuring bones and teeth, as well as chemical and physical analyses, to determine the lifestyles, diets, mortality rates and physical fitness of people in the past, according to the ancient-origins website.
Radiocarbon dating showed that the men lived in Cork between 1447 AD and 1636 AD. This was when the Desmond Rebellions, the Nine Years' War, and a rebellion against English rule occurred in Cork City. So far, the researchers found that four men were bound before being thrown into the grave.
Their scientific research provides unique insights into human history, through visual examination of complete skeletons and biomolecular analysis of microscopic bone samples. The goal is to account for demographic shifts, environmental changes, migrations, lifestyles, diseases, and the impact of violence and conflict, all leaving traces on the human skeleton.