Skeletons could be Londonderry siege grave

Posted by admin on Jan 14, 2011

Skeletons discovered underneath a Londonderry church could be evidence of a siege grave, according to archaeologists. Thousands of people died in the siege sparked when a group of apprentice boys closed the gates of the city against the approaching army of King James II in 1689.

Two complete skeletons and an individual skull have been uncovered beneath First Derry Presybterian Church on the city walls. Cormac McSparron from the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork at Queen’s University in Belfast, who is leading the excavation, said there was a “strong possibility” the remains dated from the siege period.

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