A 1,000-year-old medieval skeleton was found hanging from the roots of a beech tree in Collooney, Ireland, according to Irish Archaeology. The bones were discovered after a storm uprooted the tree from the ground earlier in the year.
A preliminary analysis reportedly found that the remains were of a young man with knife wounds who might have “died a violent death inflicted by a sharp blade.” Was it a battle wound or something more viciously personal (i.e., murder)?
Who knows — it happened a really, really long time ago. In any case, the man in question is believed to have been between 17 and 25 when he was killed, sometime between 1030 and 1200 AD.
Strangely, the top part of the man’s remains were found in the tree’s roots, while the bottom parts were found in the ground. This indicates the skeleton was “snapped in two” when the tree collapsed, according to The Huffington Post.
The young man was about 5’10,” according to HuffPo, and may have had mild spinal joint disease, perhaps from doing physical labor from a young age. He reportedly received a proper Christian burial. Though no other burials are known to have taken place around there, historical records do show that there may have been a graveyard and church in the vicinity.