Locals in an Irish town were shocked to discover a 1,000-year-old skeleton hanging from the roots of a tree after it had fallen.
The body, found under a 200-year-old beech tree in Collooney, Ireland, belonged to a young man. The man appeared to have had a violent death, i09 reports.
The upper half of the man’s skeleton was found attached to the tree’s root system, while the lower half of his body was found in the ground.
“Preliminary analysis has indicated that the remains consist of a young man who was between 17 and 25 years old when he died. His bones contained several injuries which had been inflicted by a sharp blade, possibly a sword or knife,” Irish Archeology reported, according to i09. “He had obviously suffered a violent death, but whether these wounds were related to an ancient battle or a personal dispute remains unknown.”
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It’s believed that the man’s body was then buried in a shallow grave. The body dates back to between 1030 and 1200 AD.
The burial was apparently a "formal Christian" one.
"No other burials are known from the area but historical records do indicate a possible graveyard and church in the vicinity," archeologist Marion Dowd told The Irish Times.
The Sligo-Leitrim Archaeological Services will continue to investigate the site in order to discover more clues about the skeleton.
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