Storm Blows Over Tree, Skeleton Revealed Underneath in Ireland
What would you have done if you came across a skeleton while on your morning walk? A brutal storm in Ireland toppled a tree in Collooney – revealing a rare sight of human bones. Sligo-Leitrim Archaeological Services, a new archaeological firm in Ireland, excavated the site and reported this:
Our first project was an interesting one. When winter storms blew over a 215-year old beech tree outside Collooney, Sligo, a human skeleton was brought up in the root system. The National Monuments Service commissioned SLAS to undertake a rescue excavation and retrieve the badly disturbed remains. The burial was that of a young man (17-20 years old) and preliminary analysis indicates he suffered a violent death during the early medieval period (radiocarbon date: 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. Analysis of the skeletal remains is currently underway.
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