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Ancient Donegal skeleton 'removed for safe-keeping'

Donegal County Museum
The Donegal County Museum appealed for the return of the bones

The mystery of missing skeletal remains which disappeared in west Donegal last week has been solved.

The bones of a child, believed to be thousands of years old, went missing from a quarry near Gweedore.

However, a man worried that the bones would be damaged by curious holiday-makers has revealed that he removed the remains for safe-keeping.

The bones have been passed to an archaeologist to be given to a museum on Wednesday.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been gathering artefacts in the area for 10 years.

He was apparently concerned at the weekend when he saw a lot of holidaymakers including children playing around the bones, which were embedded in a bank.

The recovery of the remains followed an appeal by the Donegal County Museum for the return of the bones.

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