A skull discovered in a field in north Co Dublin has been identified as human remains.
The state pathologist carried out a preliminary examination today and determined the skull as that of a male.
The deceased has not yet been identified, while the skull has been removed to the city morgue as the process of identification continues.
The services of a forensic anthropologist are being engaged and detectives are checking missing persons files.
The scene in Swords remains sealed off as garda searches and a forensic examination continue.
The discovery was made by workmen yesterday afternoon.