Medieval skeleton bursts out of the ground after centuries-old tree is ripped up by storm (Ireland)

14/9/15 .- http://www.irishmirror.ie/

Medieval skeleton bursts out of the ground after centuries-old tree is ripped up by storm (Ireland)

Storms blew over a 215-year old beech tree outside Collooney, Sligo, Ireland, unearthing a human skeleton


Archaeologists were stunned when the thousand-year-old skeleton of a young man was found among the roots of a tree ripped from the ground.

Storms blew over a 215-year old beech tree outside Collooney, Sligo, Ireland, unearthing a human skeleton.

The National Monuments Service commissioned Sligo-Leitrim archaeological consultancy Archaeological Services (SLAS) to excavate and retrieve the badly disturbed remains.

The burial was that of a young man (17-20 years old) and it id believed he suffered a violent death during the early medieval period.

Radiocarbon dating puts the man's death at 1030-1200 AD.

Several injuries were visible to the ribs and hand, probably inflicted by a knife.

He had been given a formal Christian burial, however.

As the photos show, the lower leg bones remained in the grave; but the upper part of the body was entangled in the tree roots and raised up into the air.

A more in-depth analysis of the remains is underway.

Last week archaeologists in Sligo found the bones of a Stone Age child and an adult in a tiny cave high on Knocknarea mountain near the town.

Radiocarbon dating has shown that they are some 5,500 years old, which makes them among the earliest human bones found in the county.

The adult was aged 30 to 39 and the child of 4 to 6 years. It was not possible to establish gender.

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