Solve the mystery of a murder that took place over 700 years ago.
A team of scientists has finally solved the murder case of a young man who died in the Middle Ages after being stabbed four times over the head with a sword more than 700 years ago.
According to a recent study published in The Journal of Archaeological Science, a young man received a single blow from the front, slashing the top of his skull before turning to try to run away from his attacker.
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He was then shot twice more from behind, hitting his ear and neck from behind before he likely fell to the ground.
Finally, the assailant plunged a sword into the back of the man’s head, resulting in his “instant death,” according to Dr. Chiara Tessi of the Insubria University in Varese, Italy.
Speaking to Live Science, Dr. Tessie added that the murder was “a case of gross violence” and “blatant abuse” on the part of the assailant, indicating that he had a strong motive for wanting the young man dead.
There is absolutely no evidence that it was a “murder”.
Someone was killed with cold steel still far away.
If we are going to spew narratives, I will say that he was a robber who made a bad choice.
We don’t even know the time of day or how many people/parties are involved.
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And scientists have identified the last moments of his life from the skeletal remains found in the church of San Biagio in Sitiglio, Italy.
In 2006, a decapitated male skeleton was found in a tomb at the entrance, built in the eleventh entrance.
According to a preliminary analysis published in 2008, his prominent position indicates that the man was connected to the De Chitillo family, who founded the church.
However, a new study published last month in the journal Archaeological Science: Reports used modern methods to examine his remains and uncover more information about his death.
Scientists conducted radiocarbon dating and found that the victim was buried between 780 and 1260 AD.
An anthropological analysis of the remains determined that his age at the time of death was between 19 and 24 years old, and his height was between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 9 inches.
To find out more information about his murder, the team performed a CT scan of the skull and analyzed it using a digital microscope.
It is likely that the initial blow was aimed at his head or vitals, but “the victim thwarted or evaded him” before he turned to flee.
A second blow from behind would have interrupted his flight immediately, or at least slowed him down.
He was then hit again in what scientists say “was fatal within seconds”, causing him to fall forward.
This analysis indicated that all four crushing blows were likely delivered by the same large, straight-bladed weapon, possibly a sharpened steel sword.
The scientists wrote: “The hypothesis of a single assailant is also supported by the location of the blows, which appear to have been delivered from the same position on the victim’s back.”
Although not much is known about the victim, he had a healed forehead wound consistent with a hard, sharp blow.
He also had markings on his shoulder which likely indicate common archery practice and use of a bow from an early age.
“These results indicate that he may have received military training and experience,” the team wrote.
Source: Daily Mail