The first evidence of human crucifixion was found in Great Britain. An ancient burial contained a nail driven into the heel.
The first evidence of a crucifixion in Great Britain is found in Cambridge. Archaeologists have found the remains of a Roman slave who lived about 1,900 years ago. There was a 5cm nail in his heel. The remains of a man were discovered in the village of Fenstanton several years ago. And only now, an analysis of experts at the University of Cambridge has confirmed crucifixion as the only possible cause of a man’s death.
The man, who died between the ages of 25 and 35, had thinned leg bones. This indicates that he was “chained to the wall” for a long time before his crucifixion, said David Ingham, Albion Archeology project manager in England, who oversaw the removal of the remains from the burial.
Archaeologists have found the skeleton of a man in the cemetery, where there were the remains of 48 more people. The deterioration of the bones led scientists to the idea that they were engaged in hard physical labor. Scientists assume that these were slaves. Not far from the graves, archaeologists found a kind of workshop where animals were butchered.
The remains were found found next to traces of a wooden structure. But scientists believe that this is not a cross, but a type of board called a “bed”, on which a corpse was placed after death. The fact that no other nails were found in the man’s body suggests that during his agony he was tied to a separate wooden structure – possibly another plank. At the same time, the nail pierced the slave’s heel did not serve to support the man’s weight, but to stop the convulsions during the execution.
The practice of crucifixion is believed to have started with the Assyrians and Babylonians, and it was also used by the Persians in the sixth century BC, when sacrifices were tied to trees or poles; crosses were not used until Roman times. The Roman Emperor Constantine I abolished this practice in the 4th century AD. e.