AN GARDA Síochána have taken a step back from their investigation into the discovery of skeletal remains in County Dublin after it was found that the bones originated in the 15th century.
Yesterday evening, Monday April 6, Gardaí were alerted to the discovery of skeletal remains on the banks of the Ward River at River Valley Park, Swords, County Dublin just after 6pm.
It is understood that two people who had been walking the banks had noticed what appeared to be a skull and a rib cage protruding from the eart at the banks of the popular walking spot.
An investigation was launched into the discovery and the area was sealed off pending an examination of the scene and the remains by a forensic anthropologist.
Gardaí at the time spoke to Dublin Live and confirmed the discovery, saying:
"Gardaí in Swords are investigating the discovery of skeletal remains at a site on the banks of the Ward river at River Valley Park, Swords.
"The discovery was made by local people who contacted Gardaí shortly after 6pm this evening.
"The area has been sealed off and an anthropologist has been requested to carry out an examination of the remains and burial site.
"Enquiries are ongoing."
However, following the examination by the forensic anthropologist, it was determined that the remains were ancient, believed to be dating as far back as the 15th century.
Gardaí have now confirmed that due to the age of the remains, the discovery is no longer a Garda matter and the National Museum of Ireland will be notified.