Medieval Christian Book Discovered in Ireland Bog
A remarkably well-preserved, thousand-year-old Book of Psalms has been discovered by a construction worker in an Irish bog, a find archaeologists call "staggering."
A thousand-year-old Book of Psalms has been discovered by a construction worker in a bog in Ireland.
The eagle-eyed worker was using a backhoe to dig up potting soil in central Ireland last week when he spotted the leather-bound book.
Experts called to the site were amazed to find an ancient Psalter Book of Psalms lying in the mud. The archaeologists won't say exactly where the book was found until they are finished investigating the site.
About 20 pages long and written in Latin, the book has been dated to between A.D. 800 and 1000.
It is the first early medieval text to be discovered in Ireland in 200 years, the archaeologists say.
The book was found open, perhaps rather portentously, to Psalm 83, in