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Bellaghy bog body: Human remains are 2,000 years old

Ancient human remains which date back more than 2,000 years have been recovered by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

The discovery was made after archaeologists were alerted to human bones on Bellaghy peatland in County Londonderry in October 2023.

It is thought the remains could be those of a teenage boy.

The PSNI said it is a "unique archaeological discovery for Northern Ireland".

It explained that the remains had been carbon dated to "as old as 2,000-2,500 years".

Det Insp Nikki Deehan said excavations "first uncovered a tibia and fibula and a humerus, ulna, and radius bone relating to the lower left leg and right arm respectively".

"Further investigation revealed more bones belonging to the same individual," she added.

ryaner Posted by ryaner
25th January 2024ce

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