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Five more bodies have been discovered after crews clearing a site on Barrack Street found the partial remains of one human skeleton on October 7

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The remains were found under this bar in the city

The remains were found under this bar in the city

The remains were found under this bar in the city

Skeletal remains of six people found under the partially demolished Nancy Spain’s bar in Cork city are believed to date back to the 18th century or earlier. 

Five more bodies have been discovered after crews clearing a site for a social housing project on Barrack Street found the partial remains of one human skeleton on October 7.

It has been reported that the remains are fragmentary and predate the current 19th-century building on the site.

Cork City archaeologist Ciara Brett said that as the pub was being demolished to make way for construction of a 32 apartment complex owned by the council there was a notable change in ground conditions.

“Therefore a hand exploration was conducted,” Ms Brett said. "The remains of six individuals have been uncovered. The remains are fragmentary and predate the current 19th century building on the site.

Given that the site is still being archaeologically investigated it is not possible at this time to definitively date the remains but they are likely to be 18th century or earlier,” she said.

It will be at least another month before an osteoarchaeologist will examine the bones and conduct a radiocarbon dating of the remains that should reveal how the people died and what sex they were.

"It’s very early days and there’s not a lot of information,” she told Independent.ie.

However, archaeologists have ruled out any link to the War of Independence or the Civil War.

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