19th Century Burial in Ireland IV
Conclusion and bibliography..
The excavations in the cemetery attached to the Union workhouse of Manorhamilton and the former Connaught Asylum yielded a substantial skeletal population sample that was statistically viable for osteological analysis and offered important information on demography, disease and diet in 19th century institutions. Although there is little evidence to date the burials in either case with much precision, it is reasonable to assume, from circumstantial evidence and the few material goods found with them that both burial grounds date from the mid to late nineteenth century, although in the latter case, this may have been a continuation of the use of an earlier cemetery. Osteological analysis in both cases reveals valuable information about a low socio-economic group, dominated and controlled by larger outside influences, and also illuminates a period, that is often ignored by Irish archaeology.
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