Meenybradden Woman
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Age 25-30
Sex Female
Culture Irish
Date(s) 1050-1410 CE
Site Meenybradden Bog
Current Location
Location Ireland
Catalog #

Turf cutters uncovered a woman's body in Ireland's Meenybradden Bog near Ardara, County Donegal on May 3, 1978. It was sent to Dublin and kept in a freezer at the City Morgue for seven years, damaging it. In July 1985, it was shipped to the British Museum, where it was conserved and examined.


The body was preserved by the peat bog, where it was found buried three feet below the surface, wrapped in a woolen cloak, without any grave goods. Only its feet had deteriorated and otherwise it was the first well-preserved Irish bog body discovered in the twentieth century.


The woman was believed to be around 25–30 years old at her time of death. The woman's cloak has brought in a bit of controversy. The body was found to be around 500 years older than the cloak. Her cloak has been dated by textile typology to 16th–17th century, a 14C-dating has not yet been performed on the garment.


The Meenybradden woman did not appear to have died violently. Researchers concluded that she was deliberately buried in the bog. They were unable to determine a cause of death.


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