Galagh Man
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Gallagh Man
Age 25
Sex male
Culture iron age
Date(s) 470-120 BCE
Current Location
Location National Museum of Ireland
Catalog #

The Gallagh Man was discovered in 1821 in Ireland. He was discovered in a bog, with a cape made of hide. Underneath the cape he either wore linen clothing that had been decomposed over time or was naked. He was discovered with wooden stakes anchored on each side of the body, and willow rods clasped around his neck.Analysis concluded that he was a young man at the approximate age of 25.


The Gallagh man was mummified in a bog. The acidic properties and oxygen-free environment of the bog do not allow bacteria and fungi to decompose the body, allowing it to be preserved. Sphagnum moss, often found in bogs, acts as an anti-biotic, possibly contributing to the mummification of the Gallagh man.


The Galagh Man was discovered lying on his side nine feet below the surface A willow rod was found wrapped around his neck which was most likely used to strangle him. A cape was found around one of his lower legs. The body was pinned to the bottom of the bog by two wooden pegs.

The body is on display in the National Museum of Ireland


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