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‘Certainly an unusual situation’: Fallen tree unearths 1000-year-old murder mystery

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COLLOONEY, Ireland — A fallen tree in Ireland unearthed a 1000-year-old murder mystery of sorts.

When winter storms blew over a 215-year-old tree in Collooney, Ireland, archaeologists discovered a human skeleton tangled up in the roots.

According to Sligo-Leitrim Archaeological Services, the skeleton is 1,000 years old and that of a young man between the ages of 17 and 20.

He “suffered a violent death,” and several injuries were seen on his ribs and hand.

Officials with SLAS believe the man’s wounds were inflicted by a knife.

SLAS says the man was given a Christian burial, but no other skeletons were found in the excavation.

“As excavations go, this was certainly an unusual situation,” Dr Marion Dowd of SLAS told the Irish Times. “The upper part of the skeleton was raised into the air trapped within the root system. The lower leg bones, however, remained intact in the ground. Effectively as the tree collapsed, it snapped the skeleton in two.”

The remains are now being analyzed.

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