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ARCHAEOLOGY - Kingship and Sacrifice Exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology and History, Kildare St.

Kingship and Sacrifice
Exhibition was opened by Mr. John O’Donoghue, T.D., Minister for Arts, Sport & Tourism at the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 on Tuesday, 20th June 2006 at 3 p.m.

The exhibition is centred on the findings of the National Museum of Ireland’s Bog Bodies Research Project. Following the discoveries of Iron Age bog bodies at Oldcroghan, Co. Offaly and Clonycavan, Co. Meath in 2003, a team of international specialists worked with Irish Antiquities and the Conservation Department of the National Museum to examine these human remains. Now a major exhibition gives an overview of the results of the analysis and, along with other bog bodies from the collections of the National Museum, offers an opportunity to literally come ‘face to face’ with the past.

The exhibition also highlights a theory based on the observation that the bog bodies were placed along significant boundaries linking them with sovereignty and kingship rituals during the Iron Age. Research also indicates that other related material is connected with inauguration rituals of kings and that these rituals can be traced back to the Bronze Age. Many of these objects, such as kingly regalia, horse trappings, weapons, feasting utensils, textiles and boundary markers are on display.

The National Museum of Archaeology (Kildare Street) is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 2pm to 5pm on Sundays.

Admission to all exhibitions at The National Museum is free of charge.

Details of the recently opened Iron Age Exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland, based around the uncovering of two Bog Bodies of excellent preservation, and the Research project initiated by their discovery.

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