A skeleton buried for a thousand years has been inadvertently unearthed by the winds of a strong storm in Collooney, Ireland: when a 200-year-old beech tree was uprooted, the remains were found attached to its roots.
The uprooted beech tree. Photo credits: Marion Dowd.
Death might have overtaken you long time back, but your remains can still speak for you. Analysis of the skeleton discovered earlier this year at the roots of the fallen tree revealed that it belonged to a young man – between 17 and 25 years of age – who might have succumbed to the wounds caused by a sharp blade, as indicated by his bones.
When it was first found, its top half was up into the air, stuck in the roots of the tree while its bottom was still in the ground.
Radiocarbon analysis shows that the young man might have been buried between 1030 and 1200 AD.
Was the skeleton buried in a graveyard, or was it on its own? More research is needed to figure out the circumstances of his burial.
“No other burials are known from the area but historical records do indicate a possible graveyard and church in the vicinity,” said archaeologist Marion Dowd from the Institute of Technology Sligo in Ireland.