1900-Year-Old English Skeleton Yields Rare Evidence of Crucifixion

1900-Year-Old English Skeleton Yields Rare Evidence of Crucifixion

(UnitedVoice.com) – Everyone knows the story of Jesus Christ’s death. He was crucified by the Romans. In fact, 2,000 years ago crucifixions were relatively common and an excruciating way to die. But did you know that archeologists have not actually been able to find a lot of physical evidence of the execution method?

In 2017, archeologists were excavating land in Cambridgeshire, England, before a housing development was built when they found a skeleton believed to be 1900 years old. It was found in one of the five 3rd- or 4th-century cemeteries dug up on the site. The remains, which dated back to 130 to 337 AD, were of a man who had a 2-inch nail driven through his heel. David Ingham, the dig leader for Albion Archaeology, told the Daily Mail the find was the first time his team had “found physical evidence for this practice of crucifixion” in England.

Professor John Granger Cook, an expert on crucifixion, told The Independent the discovery was incredibly important. It was only the second time archeologists had unearthed a crucifixion victim killed by the Romans.

Crucifixions were outlawed in 337 AD by Emperor Constantine, but prior to that, the Romans used the method to execute upwards of 150,000 people. Ropes were often used to secure the victim to wood, not nails, which is why there’s little physical evidence of the practice. Only four victims with physical evidence of crucifixion have been discovered by scientists.

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