Excavation indicated that the burial was in a shallow grave and the body, which was that of an adult male aged between 17 and 25. The body was lying on its side and crouched rather than having been laid out.
A small hole in the skull was the only noticeable blemish in the skeleton that was otherwise in good condition.
Further examination by osteoarchaeologist Caoimhe Tobin revealed that the wound was inflicted by a small, socketed, iron arrowhead which had pierced the skull.
Story: Dara Bradley, The Connacht Tribune | Photo: The Connacht Tribune