A 1,000-year-old skeleton was discovered dangling from the roots of a beech tree in the Irish town of Collooney, after a strong storm ripped the 200-year-old tree from the ground earlier this year.
The remains belonged to a young man, and markings on the skeleton suggest that he died a violent death inflicted by a sharp blade. But it’s not year clear whether this was a battle wound or something more sinister.
The skeleton itself was revealed in what we can only imagine was a pretty gruelling manner – with the top half of the skeleton raised into the air tangled up in the trees roots, while the bottom half remained in the ground.
A preliminary analysis of the remains suggests that the man was aged between 17 and 25 when he died, and his bones contained injuries inflicted by a sharp blade. “The body was subsequently buried in a shallow east-west oriented grave and radiocarbon analysis indicates that this occurred sometime between 1030 and 1200 AD,” reports Irish Archaeology. Source: A medieval skeleton has been found hanging from the roots of a tree in Ireland