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Badger unearths 4,200-year-old remains in Ireland

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A badger in Ireland has unearthed ancient human remains dating back 4,200 years.

The bones were found near one of the many ancient burial sites located at the Cavan Burren Park by historian Séamus Ó hUltacháin, as well as archaeologists Sam Moore from IT Sligo, Vicki Cummings of the University of Central Lancaster and Colin Richards of the University of Manchester.

They came across a fresh dig by a badger near a collapsed tomb, along with 14 small pieces of cremated human bone and charcoal flecks in the soil.

“Our badger just threw out the bones,” said Mr Ó hUltacháin. “They were no bigger than my nail, just scraps of bone. It is the oldest discovery in this region, a wonderful discovery.”

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Story: Rodney Edwards, The Irish Times | Photo: Rodney Edwards, The Irish Times

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