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In pictures: Body from 17th century discovered in Dublin

The remains were unearthed by builders digging up a Smithfield street.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THE REMAINS OF a body apparently dating from the seventeenth century were discovered under a Dublin street today.

Bones from the skeleton were uncovered by builders working on enhancement projects in the Smithfield area of the city. They notified archaeologists, who arrived to preserve the remains which are thought to date from between 1650 and 1700.

A spokesman for Dublin City Council said that the body would most likely be excavated, as a pipe needs to be laid in the area.

Slideshow: Archaeologist Franc Myles excavates the skeleton

In pictures: Body from 17th century discovered in Dublin
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  • Body discovered under Smithfield street

  • Body discovered under Smithfield street

  • Body discovered under Smithfield street

  • Body discovered under Smithfield street

  • Body discovered under Smithfield street

  • Body discovered under Smithfield street

(All photos Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

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