Never before has such a practice been identified in the archaeological record, Mays added, remarking that the position of the body would have been consistent with an individual who was either a threat to a community – or just seen as distressingly, perhaps dangerously, odd.
It’s difficult to pinpoint the age of the man when he died thanks to the lack of precision in modern methods.
The period is also associated with the arrival of the Celts in Ireland.
Estimating the post-mortem interval in skeletal remains is a notoriously difficult task; forensic pathologists often rely heavily upon experience in recognising morphological appearances.
File photograph: i Stock Photo Skeletal remains discovered at a beach in Wexford are believed to date to the Iron Age.
Gardaí confirmed the discovery of what proved to be a complete human skeleton, made by people out walking at Forlorn Point, Kilmore Quay, at about 4.45pm on Tuesday.
The scene was preserved and assistance was sought from the office of the State Pathologist after skeletal remains were discovered at a beach in Wexford.
A forensic anthropologist subsequently attended the beach.
They will be taken into the custody of the National Museum, as is standard procedure in such cases.A Northamptonshire burial site dating back to the Roman colonization of Britain has yielded a set of skeletal remains that seem to have been curiously mutilated by having the tongue removed before being interred.The male skeleton, who had been buried on his stomach with his face down, had a flat stone wedged between his jaws where his tongue would have been, according to a recent article in .Possible limitations exist, notably the effect of diagenesis, time limitations and relative cost, though this technique could provide a relatively accurate means of determining the post-mortem interval.It is therefore proposed that a large study be undertaken to provide a calibration scale against which bones uncovered can be dated.