Human Remains in Irish Archaeology
This publication sets out the main issues - scientific, legal and ethical - involved in the excavation and treatment of ancient human remains and arrives at some conclusions about best practice in this aspect of Irish archaeology.Read MoreRead Less
Ancient human remains merit special consideration as archaeological objects for a number of reasons. Not least of all is their emotive power, offering startling and immediate contact with the dead and a powerful reminder of the inescapable fate of the living. To archaeological specialists they constitute a valuable historical and scientific resource, inscribed with evidence of the working life, living conditions, diet, traumas and diseases of past generations. To developers and planners ancient human remains bring added complexity to projects impacting upon the archaeological heritage.
- Published by: The Heritage Council
- Author(s): Jerry O'Sullivan and Jim Killgore