A nail driven into the heel of a skeleton was a minor discovery among the many recent archaeological discoveries in the United Kingdom. However, it has already been regarded as the best evidence to date of the existence of the Roman crucifixion in the United Kingdom, as well as the earliest example of its kind ever discovered in the country.
The remains of a settlement dating between 130 and 360 AD have been discovered on the site of a planned housing development in Fenstanton village, Cambridgeshire. They discovered a skeleton with a nail still in it.
Ten more Nails were discovered near the skeleton, indicating that it was transported to the tomb on a stretcher. The extra nails lend credence to the expert theory that he was crucified.
There is little evidence of the crucifixion; only three other examples of this era’s crucifixion are known to exist in Jerusalem, Italy, and Egypt. For historians, finding a crucifixion in Britain is a significant discovery. This case is fortunate in part because it was in relatively good condition and a nail remained in the skeleton. It is unknown how many other cases, possibly thousands, have gone undiscovered.
As a result, we don’t know how common crucifixion was, but we do know that it was most likely reserved for the lower classes and slaves. Because the skeleton discovered had deformed legs, experts believe he had been a prisoner for several years.
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