Archaeologists uncover human remains in Dublin

The remains of at least five people have been discovered by archaeologists working at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Since they were found at a depth of 1.5 metres below the surface, it suggests the remains are most likely medieval or earlier in date.

Photo: Rubicon Heritage Services

The skeletal remains were uncovered in July by archaeologists from Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd. Rubicon Heritage Site Director Nikolah Gilligan, who led the excavation, said that “all bar one of the individuals were positioned in north-south orientated grave cuts, apparently with no grave goods present.” Gilligan added that “it is too early to confirm the date of the human remains, though the possibility that they are Viking cannot be discounted, given previously recorded Viking activity in the area.”


Rubicon Human Remains Specialist Carmelita Troy has carried out a visual assessment of the remains, confirming that at least one of the individuals was an adult male, while one of the others was a sub-adult, aged under 18 years at the time of their death. More environmental and osteoarchaeological analysis of the remains to be undertaken by Rubicon Heritage Services, which they hope will reveal significantly more information about the lives and deaths of these individuals and the city in which they lived.

Skull - Photo: Rubicon Heritage Services