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Irish bog body may be world’s oldest

The mummified remains of a young man found in an Irish bog two years ago have been dated back to 2,000 B.C., 1,500 years older than previously thought.

The 4,000-year-old remains, which predate the famed Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun by nearly 700 years, are those of a young adult male.

He is believed to have met a violent death in some sort of ritual sacrifice.

The body was unearthed in the Cúl na Móna bog in Cashel in 2011 by a Bord na Móna worker operating a milling machine.

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Story: Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times | Photo: Alan Betson, Irish Times

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