In 1999 archaeologists discovered mass burial graves from the post-medieval era underneath Trinity College. Apart from the somewhat gruesome collection of human and animal bones, the remains of a camel were also apparently found … yes, a camel. It makes you wonder what exactly a camel was doing in Dublin at the time – my own personal theory is that the deceased met a grisly end at the hands of a disgruntled circus ringmaster!
Somewhat off the beaten-track in the College is another burial site – Chaloner’s Cemetery. It’s located just beside the ATM that can be found between the Chapel and the Dining Hall off Parliament Square. When you do find it you won’t be surprised to know that it is Dublin’s smallest cemetery.
Named after the first Provost (President/Chancellor) of Trinity College, it marks the burial places of a number of the College’s Provosts and Fellows. On the side of this little graveyard you’ll also see the steps that lead down to the vaults (and presumably more graves) underneath the Chapel. The plaques on the wall that affectionately pay tribute to academic staff show that the graveyard has continued to be used even relatively recently.
Mind you, I still can’t help think about that poor camel …
Chaloner Cemetery | Art & culture, Relaxing
Parliament Square, Trinity College
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