The 900-year-old, medieval skeleton revealed itself under a birch tree in County Sligo, Ireland. The remains are believed to be that off a young male who suffered a violent death. His skeleton shows evidence of cut marks on his ribs and hand, suggesting that he was fleeing an attacker.
As was his death, the manner in which his remains were revealed was violent.
The birch tree he was buried beneath was ripped from the earth in 2014. His upper skeleton, including his spine and skull, remained trapped among the roots and were raised into the air. His legs remained in his grave.
The National Monuments Service commissioned Sligo-Leitrim Archaeological Services (SLAS) to retrieve the badly disturbed remains.
“The upper part of the skeleton was raised into the air trapped within the root system. The lower leg bones, however, remained intact in the ground. Effectively as the tree collapsed, it snapped the skeleton in two.”
Osteoarchaeologist, an expert in bones, Dr Linda Lynch’s examination showed that the remains were those of a 17 to 20 year-old man.
He was over 5-foot 10-inches, taller than the average person of that era.
The young man was given a Christian burial. Although there are historical records indicating the presence of a church and graveyard in the area, there are no traces of it today. There were no other skeletons found during the excavations.