New Irish research suggests that the Vikings caused leprosy in Ireland. The claim comes after the examination of the remains excavated from Irish cemeteries. The study focused on five probable cases of leprosy from the human skeletal remains.
The researchers were drawn from the Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Southampton and the University of Surrey. The researchers examined the skeletal remains of three individuals that were excavated from a cemetery in Dublin. The other two remains came from Co Antrim and Co Kildare in Ireland.
Interestingly, none of these three individuals examined appear to have been a local in Dublin. One might have been from Northern Ireland or was a British. According to the study, the remaining two individuals grew up in Scandinavia and were therefore foreign in Dublin.…Continue Reading