Under the roots of a centuries-old beech were the remains medieval teenager

Under the roots of a centuries-old beech were the remains of a medieval teenagerA photo open source Irish county Sligo suffered on days from a strong storm. The wind broke the power line poles turned over cars, uprooted a large number of trees from the earth. The centuries-old beech that fell to the ground during the elements exposed powerful roots, thereby allowing locals to do important archaeological discovery. The roots of the tree were discovered human bones.

Arriving scientists examined the remains and with surprise stated that they belong to a medieval teenager. The bones that have been in the ground for several centuries would have remained unnoticed if Ireland hadn’t suffered this natural catastrophe. Associate of the Archaeological Service of Sligo Marion Daud, responsible for the study of the remains, said that the lower part the skeleton was tangled in the roots of the tree, and the upper one was raised upstairs. In this regard, when the tree fell, the remains broke in half.

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Radiocarbon dating and other analyzes have shown that bones belong to a person who died at the age of seventeen to twenty years approximately in 1030-1200 years of our era, that is, in the early the middle ages. The teenager was about one and a half meters tall. Most likely, he came from a Gaelic family and from an early age engaged in physical labor. This conclusion was made by scientists after detect injuries to the back of the skeleton. In addition, archaeologists have found that the young man was killed by force – this is evidenced by the traces wounds on the left arm and two ribs. However, establish he died in a battle or during a domestic conflict, to Unfortunately, it is not possible. Teen buried by Christian traditions.

The first version was that it was an isolated place, because other archaeologists have not found any nearby remains. Then scientists familiarized themselves with historical records in the local archive and found out that earlier on this place the church was located and cemetery. According to a new assumption of specialists, the burial ground in their time was moved or destroyed, but one skeleton along carelessness from the earth is not removed. Beech grew right on the remains, which allowed them to be undetected for many centuries.


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