Medieval skeleton discovered in tree suffered violent death, experts say

Published September 16, 2015

Archeologists in Ireland have unearthed startling details about the strange medieval skeleton found in the roots of a 215 year-old tree.

The beech tree in Collooney, Sligo, fell during a storm earlier this year, revealing the macabre sight of a skeleton trapped in its roots. The Irish National Monuments Service brought in experts from Sligo-Leitrim Archaeological Services to excavate and analyze the remains, revealing a grisly tale.

"He had been killed violently," Marion Dowd, director of Sligo-Leitrim Archaeological Services, told "We have stab wounds in the upper chest and they were inflicted by a knife - we also have a stab wound in the left hand, which suggests that he was trying to defend himself."

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