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Vandals broke into a historic church in Dublin and stole the head of an 800-year-old mummy nicknamed "The Crusader".
The grim discovery was made by a leader in St. Michan's Church as it was After a statement by the Church of Ireland, they are preparing to make the site public.
In addition to the Crusader, several other bodies were damaged, including that of a 400-year-old nun.
"They broke open this vault, it's a big heavy steel door, and broke one of the coffins," Dublin archdeacon David Pierpoint told The Irish Times. "Parts of the coffin were dragged out."
The archdeacon added: "These are people who have been resting years for years and so being profaned is so painful and disturbing." I can not In words, I am quite disgusted. "
In the Church's statement, Pierpoint had a request for the Vandals: I would appeal to those responsible to investigate their conscience and return the head of the Crusader to its rightful place. "
The church, founded in 1095, houses five crypts housing the mummified corpses of prominent Dubliners (19659015] between 1600 and 1800. According to RTE, it is a major tourist attraction, attracting around 27,000 visitors annually.  The site's website was canceled for the time being, the broadcaster said, and Pierpoint told RTE that the vandals were breaking the vault and worried that the mummies would be further damaged by the conditions in the open air.
Ireland's police service, An Garda Síochána, investigating the incident.
This is not the first time the mummies collection in St. Michan's was hit by vandals Invaders damaged dozens of bodies RTE reported at that time that thieves had taken about 40 mummies out of their coffins and sank their bones
Pierpoint recalled a frightening detail in an interview with the Times . "They dragged them to the floor and seemed to play football with their heads," he said. "Fortunately, the guards did their job very well at that time and caught the perpetrators."