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Guided Tour: Kingship and Sacrifice - The Bog Bodies

Come face-to-face with a mysterious 2,000 year old bog body and discover exciting finds from Irish wetlands including bog butter. Hear what archaeology and science can tell us about Celtic People, their rituals and beliefs.

Tour at a Glance

Level 1st - 3rd Year, Transition Year
Group size Designed for groups of 30 max
Location Kingship and Sacrifice Exhibition, Ground Floor, National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street
Duration 45 mins
Days available Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time
Times available 10:30am and 12:00pm
Accessibility This tour is wheelchair accessible. Please advise us of any mobility issues when booking. 



Curriculum Links

Junior Cert History

  • The Nature of History
    Working with Evidence / Developing Historical Consciousness / Acquiring ‘the big picture’ 
  • The History of Ireland
    Thinking historically- explain the relevance of archaeology to their understanding of Irish history, citing local examples, where appropriate
  • Statement of Learning for Junior Cert
    Appreciates and respects how diverse values, beliefs and traditions have contributed to the communities and culture in which he/she lives

Junior Cert Science

  • Statement of Learning for Junior Cert
    The student values the role and contribution of science and technology to society, and their personal, social and global importance.

Key Skills for Junior Cert

  • Managing information and thinking
  • Communicating
  • Staying well-being positive about learning

Transition Year

  • Teaching methods and approaches
    Study visits and field trips



Learning Outcomes 

  • See real artefacts from the Bronze Age and Iron Age in Ireland
  • Discover how scientific and archaeological studies of the Bog Bodies have contributed to our understanding of the Iron Age and Celtic rituals and beliefs in Ireland
  • Learn about the conservation of the Bog Bodies and their international scientific importance  
  • Learn about the archaeological importance of bogs and the conditions which allow for preservation of artefacts