The Cashel Man dates to 2000 BC, found in the Cúl na Móna bog near Cashel in County Laois, Ireland. He was found in 2011 by a Bord na Mona employee.
StudiesThe body itself was a young male around 20-25, he had been intentionally covered in peat after his death. The body was found lying in the middle of the bog on its right side with its legs tightly flexed, buried with two hazel rods which dated back to about 2100 BC. The man is believed to have been a victim of human sacrifice, but remains were too damaged to determine cause of death.
The figure was recovered after being partially damaged by peat cutter in 2011. His head and arm were thought to be extremely damaged and lost until later discovered. Experts believe, Cashel Man is the oldest flesh-covered bog body in all of Europe. This man lived and died in the Early Bronze Age.
The man had a broken arm, along with having his back broken in two places.
The body was later moved to the National Museum of Ireland for examination.