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, somewhat 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. It was found buried three feet below the surface, without any items buried around it. Only its feet had deteriorated and otherwise it was the first well-preserved Irish bog body discovered in the twentieth century.


Studied by Dr. John Harbison.


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

Additional InfoEdit

She was found wrapped in a wool cloak. Radiocarbon dating suggests her body to be about 500 years older than the cloak, which was found to date back to the 16th or 17th century, suggesting she was reburied in the cloak at some point.

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