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Workshop: Kingship and Sacrifice - The Bog Bodies

Find out more about what life was like two thousand years ago during the Iron Age through fascinating finds from the peat bog. Visit the mysterious Bog Bodies and take a look at artefacts they may have worn to special ceremonies, Make a leather armlet like the one discovered with Old Croghan Man

Workshop at a Glance 

Level 4th – 6th Class
Group Size  Designed for groups of 30 max
Duration 75 mins
Location Kingship and Sacrifice Exhibition, Ground Floor and Learning Resource Room, First Floor, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street
Days available  Wednesdays during term time
Time available 10:15am
Accessibility This workshop is not wheelchair accessible but it can take place on the ground floor. If your class has special mobility needs please let us know at the bookings stage. 



Curriculum Links 

SESE History

  • Working as an Historian Time and Chronology / Using Evidence / Change and Continuity / Cause and Effect / Synthesis and Communication / Empathy
  • Early People and Ancient Societies Bronze Age Peoples / Celtic Peoples
  • Story Stories from the lives of the people in the past
  • Continuity and Change Over Time Homes, House and Urban Developments / Food and Farming / Literature, Arts, Crafts and Culture

Other curriculum links include:

  • SESE Geography A Sense of Place and Space / Human Environments / Natural Environments
  • SESE Science Working Scientifically / Designing and Making / Living Things / Materials
  • English Receptiveness to Language / Competence and Confidence in using Language
  • Visual Arts Creating in fabric and fibre / Looking and responding



Learning Outcomes 

  • See real artefacts from the Bronze 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 archaeological importance of bogs and the conditions which allow for preservation of artefacts
  • Learn about the preservation of the Bog Body Old Croghan Man and make a replica of his armlet