An archaeological dig near the Curragh tells us how our ancestors lived and were buried two thousand years ago.

The iron age burial site at the Greenhills site near Athgarvan contains a number of skeletons. It is one of six locations being investigated by Kildare County Council, all situated in the vicinity of a proposed new motorway which will bypass Newbridge. 

The find reveals that our ancestors had a rough diet, and were fine limbed from hard work. Chief Archaeologist Valerie Keely says the site provides significant information about burial rituals 2000 years ago, 

The manner in which the skeletons are laid out, they’re all facing eastward, which is quite interesting.

Time is not on the side of the archaeologists, who are working as quickly as possible to preserve the skeletons. 

They must be treated with absolute care, because when they are exposed they become dry and may disintegrate.

When all the material at the Greenhills dig has been recorded it will be removed from the site and sent to the National Museum of Ireland for further research.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 April 1989. The reporter is Kevin McDonald.