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Rathlin Burial

BELUM.AX306.3, Ulster Museum Collection

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Viking brooch

In 2022, an incredibly rare single female burial of Viking ancestry was discovered on Rathlin Island during work for a new house build. The burial consists of two items of jewellery, including the beautifully decorated brooch pictured; human remains (dated to the 8th century AD); and a small amount of excavation archive material. This is noteworthy as the first excavated female Viking burial in Northern Ireland and from the very place, Rathlin Island, where the first Viking raid was recorded in Ireland, in AD 795.