As I stepped onto the animal mosaic floor of the beautiful and intricate foyer of the Museum of Ireland, I remember thinking that this was one of the most beautiful museums I had visited in Dublin so far. But there was no more time to spend admiring the entrance, there was so much more to see. Specifically on the left side of the museum: onto the history of the bogs. For those who don’t know, a bog is a wetland and the Ireland bogs were formed over 10,000 years ago in Ireland. Now, we had been told that we were going to see the “bogmen” but I didn’t really think too much into it. Until we actually entered the exhibit and I was mind blown at the extremely preserved bodies that have been found in the towns of Clonycavan, County Meath, and near Croghan Hill, County Offaly, both not too far away from the city of Dublin.
One of the bog bodies caught my interest in particular—the Clonycavan Man. This man was found in by local County Meath peat workers in February of 2003. The part that stuck me the most was that his body, or rather his torso and head, were in such great condition that the local police believed it to have been a recently murdered by members of the IRA. But of course, after testing completed by archaeologists it was discovered that he died between 392 BC and 201 BC. It is mind-blowing that someone who was killed thousands of years ago can be mistaken for someone killed maybe a month ago. His head and the majority of his internal organs were extremely well preserved. He was around the age twenty-five whenever he was brutally murdered. It was found that he had been taken several blows to the head more than likely by an axe and a 40 centimeter cut along his abdomen showed that he more than likely was disemboweled.
My first question that I had was why would someone murder him? This question seemed to have been answered by the information posted in the museum, that he was rich and was murdered for his goods and money. The sign that pointed out he was rich was his hair product strangely enough. His five foot two inches was given a couple more inches by his swooped up hair style. His hair was given this volume from what scientists believe was an expensive imported hair gel from France or Spain. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that his murder was a result of his ability to purchase expensive hair products. But at the end of the day, who really can find a justified reason for murder. I would have to say no one.