"Witches grave" in Italy
Piombino / Italy - In a medieval cemetery near Piombino in Tuscany archaeologists have discovered a 800-year old skeleton of a woman who apparently was considered a witch in his lifetime and was subjected to a cruel ritual at her funeral when her among other seven major nails were driven through the pin. Also, another female skeleton suggests that there are dealing with the remains of "witches".
In their search for the remains of the saint San Cerbone, archaeologists discovered to Alfonso Forgione from the "Università degli Studi dell'Aquila" first a female skeleton, which was surrounded by 17 dice - a game utensils so that was 800 years ago, women were banned . In the Jaws of the second skeleton put seven large nails and with 13 other nails of the body had probably been nailed over the clothes on / in the ground.
The researchers , so reported the "Daily Mail" , suggests that between 25 and 30 years of two women were old. The skeletons were buried in a simple grave without a coffin and shroud. All the evidence so Forgione , so suggest that it is the two skeletons to the concerns of women who were alive as witches.
"It's a very unusual discovery , at the same time but also very fascinating. I 've never seen anything like ," said the archaeologist . "With the nails you wanted to prevent the ' witch ' from the dead resurrected and the residents of the village calm through this ritual . The 17 attached to the second body cube favor of such an interpretation. 17 applies in Italy as an unlucky number and that apparently dice game was then prohibited women. " Probably there had been a kind of exorcism ritual suspects Forgione and want to find out with further study of the skeletons , what the women had died exactly .
Why the women, however - although they apparently were considered malignant witches - were still buried in a church cemetery, the archaeologists to answer believe , however : "The only possible explanation is that that the women apparently influential families came from and did not belong to the poor class belonged , making them still a burial in ' holy ground ' has been given .