During archaeological research inspecting 48 graves in England, the martyred skeleton of a man has been found. Historians of the study focused on the town of Cambridgeshire where evidence of crucifixion in the Roman Empire are found. The bones have been dated to the third or fourth century CE. The fossil is actually a nail driven into one of this man’s heel bones.
The recently recovered skeleton is that of a man of about 30 years old. His remains allow us to deduce that he was carrying out a trade of strength and the condition of the bones in his legs indicates that he had been tortured for a long time before his death. According to David Ingham, responsible for the excavations of Albion Archeology, it is surely a slave from the indigenous population.
No other nail, apart from the one in the heel, not having been found. Archaeologists therefore deduce that he was crucified in a particular way. At his side were found traces of a wooden object. Experts believe it to be a plank on which his body was placed rather than a cross.
Cruel and appalling details
The bones unearthed in the middle of 48 other skeletons would be those of a man who like the others would have been reduced to slavery. Indeed, according to David Ingham, the man would have been “Chained to a wall” long hours before his crucifixion. Also, the fact thatno other nail was found on the site would prove that this nail was not used to support the weight of the victim. Experts believe he was not crucified as usual.
Indeed it would have been tied to wood, feet and arms outstretched. The nail must have been used to fix his feet to the cross to “Prevent him from squirming”. Under such conditions, the victim had to suffer long hours with difficulty in breathing. It would then be suffocation death. This discovery thus informs a little more about the methods used for the crucifixion in ancient Rome.
One of the rare proofs of the crucifixion in ancient Rome
It is very rare to find evidence of the practice of the crucifixion in ancient Rome. Usually the victim’s body is destroy and the highlight will have been took of. This discovery is one of the few examples of crucifixion in the Roman Empire, Mr. Ingham said. However, the cause of the man’s execution remains unknown to researchers.
According to a report by Live Science, before the time of the Roman Empire, those condemned to death were nailed to trees or poles among the Assyrians and Babylonians. Crosses began to be used by the Romans quite a bit before the start of our era.