Excavation reveals girl may have been killed

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A 600-YEAR-OLD skeleton found by archaeologists excavating the crannog site in Co Fermanagh may have been the victim of an ancient murder mystery.

Excavation director Dr Nora Bermingham has dated the teenager’s death to around the 15th or 16th centuries.

“The skeleton of a young woman, probably around 18 or 19 years with very bad teeth, was found in the upper layers of the crannog,” she said.

The expert described the burial as “irregular” but said the cause of death may only be discovered when the remains are examined by a bones specialist. “The body (right) seems to have been bundled into the position it was buried in,” she said.