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Medieval remains of child show she may have died from malnutrition

It’s hoped the medieval remains of four girls will eventually be returned to St Mary’s Church in Kilkenny.

The 800-year-old bodies, found during excavations at the church over the last fortnight, have now been taken to a lab in Limerick for examination.

However, people have been expressing concern about the fact that the bodies were being disturbed – with some saying they should have been left where they were.

But archaeologist Cóilín Ó Drisceoil says they’re already learning a lot from the remains, about life in Kilkenny all those centuries ago and he says they’re being cared for in a completely respectful manner.

It’s believed one of the skeletal remains found in a Kilkenny excavation may have died from malnutrition.

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