Scotland has a very rich history and archaeologists find very interesting fossils on the territory of this country. Lastly, at the foot of the bays Lokh Vorgastel and Lokhvat, they found the remains of the oldest man-made islands used for protection against bandits. However, this is not the most interesting find – in 2016, the body of a man was found in one of the Scottish caves, which was brutally killed 1400 years ago. Scientists examined his skeleton so well that they could draw his portrait and talk about who he was.
The remains of a dead man were found in one of the twenty caves on the northeast coast of Scotland, known as Rosmark Caves. At the beginning of the 20th century, archaeologists first began exploring these places, and in those early years they found needles, sutures, and other bone tools. It is believed that in the 2nd century AD, people lived in these caves.
Caves of Scotland
However, not all caves were used for living. The place where the skeleton of the brutally murdered person was found was clearly an iron smelting room because traces of smelting furnaces were found near the human remains. The man himself was lying in a dark corner of the cave, his legs crossed and his hands crushed by stones. According to scientists, the murder occurred somewhere between 430 and 630 AD.
Picts – the oldest people of Scotland
During this time, the picts lived on the territory of Scotland – the oldest of the peoples ever to live on the territory of this country. It is known that they lived in small communities and ran agriculture, fishing and livestock. In the 10th century, they began to mix with the other Scottish people of that time, Geelen, and finally forgot their language and joined their neighbors completely. If you would like to know more about the Picten, we recommend that you watch the movie "Centurion" from 2010. It is about the Roman army that has moved north to destroy this people and kill the leader.
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But let us return to the skeleton of a man brutally murdered in a cave. Scientists believe that this picten representative was dragged into a cave and wounded several times in the head. Several teeth were knocked out, a jaw was broken and a hard stone was hit on the back of the head. Maybe the man died after such injuries, but the attackers finally broke their heads. Despite the reckless killing method, the attackers buried their victim while performing a ritual – the body was placed on its back and, as noted above, legs crossed and stones placed on the hands.
The body was buried in the corner of the cave.
The reason for the murder is not yet clear. But scientists have figured out what the dead man looked like and who he was. The portrait of this 30-year-old tall man was painted in 2016. The condition of his teeth indicated that a man was eating protein – only rich people could afford such foods at the time. Also on the skeleton of a man during his life no traces of injuries were detected. It turned out that he was well-nourished, had practically not participated in battles, and had not done hard work-that is, he was a king or leader.
Perhaps scientists who have studied the ancient Scottish scriptures may even name that person. With any luck, science will also become aware of the motives for this murder. It is to be hoped that this man was important enough to be told by him.
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