September 13, 2014
500 Child Skeletons from Irish Famine found in Workhouse Grave
Seven years ago the skeletons of 500 children buried in a mass grave in what was once the Kilkenny Union Workhouse.
545 children were buried within the grounds of the Kilkenny Union Workhouse between 1847 and 1851, two thirds of whom were under age six when they died. Studies on the teeth revealed that scurvy was rampant among the children
Skeletal studies found that all of the infants between six and twelve months – and three quarters of the children between one and twelve years of age – had been affected by stunted growth.
Read more at 500 child skeletons found in workhouse mass grave tell of struggles during the Great Hunger
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