Being Stabbed In The Skull By A Foreign Object
The Rheinischen Landesmuseum in Bonn, Germany, is currently hosting the exhibition.
In the United Kingdom, archaeologists discovered a Roman-era mercenary buried with his sword and a mysterious beheaded skeleton.
The Vale of Glamorgan council in Wales commissioned Rubicon Heritage Services to evaluate a road that needed to be straightened.
It resulted in the discovery of a vast cache of archaeological artifacts as well as hundreds of graves dating back thousands of years.
Skeletons from the Roman Empire
One section of the five-mile road contained a collection of Roman artifacts and several skeletons, according to Mark Collard, the project’s managing director.
One is thought to be a mercenary who was buried with a large sword and a military broach during the period when the “Roman Empire fell apart in Britain,” according to Collard.
Another skeleton nearby was that of a decapitated man, buried with his head by his feet.
Archaeologists discovered the same corpse configuration in 17 decapitated skeletons whose heads had been removed after death in a Roman graveyard in Suffolk, England, in 2019.
The discovery has “left archaeologists scratching their heads,” according to Live Science.
It’s unclear what the practice represented. According to archaeologists, one theory suggests a link to a pagan belief system of pre-Roman Celtic tribes who believed the head was the container for the soul.
Both men in Wales were buried on a large hill with “fantastic views over the countryside. “You have to believe there must be a reason for that,” Collard explained to Insider.
An ancient burial ground
Collard stated that another excavated section of the road revealed a later period burial site, which also raised many questions.
Collard and his team discovered a once-hidden medieval burial ground in the middle of a field that holds 450 bodies.
People returned to the burial ground to bury their loved ones for about 500 years, from the sixth to the thirteenth centuries. “It’s unusual that they’re buried in the middle of a field. It’s not close to a church. “And that’s one of the reasons we’re puzzled as to why people would return for so long to bury people at the top of this mound,” Collard explained.
The excavation team has released an e-book called “Five Mile Lane” that details the project and describes what has been discovered thus far, including Bronze Age cremations, an arrowhead, and a 3000-year-old roundhouse.
The detailed results will be released at the end of 2022.
“Αrchaeologists always say, we didn’t expect to find this much, and in this case, we really didn’t, because the preceding surveys didn’t raise many hopes. “However, it has proven to be an extremely densely occupied prehistoric, Roman, and later landscape with lots of activity from 4000 BC to WWII,” Collard said.