Small green hand with a coin surprised archaeologists

A small green hand with a coin surprised archaeologistsPhoto from open sources

Recently excavated archaeologists in a Hungarian village Nyarlerinets made an unusual discovery. Exploring the medieval cemetery with more than 500 graves, experts unexpectedly stumbled upon a mummified hand of tiny sizes. Fragment the remains supposedly belonging to a small child, according to for some unknown reason, it turned green and did not decompose completely. Scientists they acknowledge that they have never seen anything like it before.

It is noteworthy that a copper hand was placed in a mysterious hand coin. This led researchers to suggest that the metal oxidized and absorbed into the dead limb, keeping it from full decomposition and giving it a greenish tint. It is known that newborn unbaptized children were buried in medieval Hungary in clay pots, and a coin was often put inside such a vessel. Historians suggest that in this way the deceased should pay for entering the afterlife. Dr. Berechsky being one of the authors of the find, reports that even if the parents of the baby didn’t manage to save his soul, they at least left at least some kind of legacy that allowed all these centuries to revive the memory about the baby.

Meanwhile, some alternative experts suggest that the green hand could once have for the inhabitants of the present Nyarlerinets mystical meaning. Presumably in the 12-16 centuries in Central Europe has been believed that the dead man’s hand is incredibly powerful amulet, daring from home or even evil spirits sat. Moreover, such artifacts were stored most often. in cemeteries, using them only in extreme cases.

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