Archaeologists found a grave with skeleton in Sicily, one of the largest Italian islands. The skeleton made the archaeologists wonder who the man inside the grave was to receive such a savage death. Someone stabbed the victim several times and people buried him face-down.
After studying the skeleton, archaeologists concluded that this man lived circa the 11th century. He was between 30 and 40 years old.
There were six fatal cuts on his breastbone. A very sharp dagger or knife caused the cuts. On the right side of the breastbone, a piece of bone was nowhere to be found. Researchers concluded this removal was to mark that this man was no normal individual in society.
No injuries around his body suggested that the man joined any defensive fight. Rather, the man was likely to welcome his death. The killer attacked the victim in a very effective and rapid way. Additionally, the cuts were all so clean that the man could know human body’s structure very well. The victim might be in a physical bind. The man’s feet were squished together. This supported the theory that the man was bound when he met his death.
The blade would have entered the man’s lung from the upper back. The man might have been kneeling on the ground when the execution happened. The blade could have entered the lung through the thorax (between the neck and abdomen). It thrust the lungs and the heart of the victims several times. And this caused the man to his death very quickly.
Another abnormal thing about the skeleton in Sicily was that it didn’t follow any religious funeral traditions. Inside the grave, the archaeologists discovered no objectives or items.
During this period, the major religions were Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. But their funeral rituals had nothing in common with the grave in Sicily. While the Jews and Christians would bury the dead face-up, the Muslims would bury their dead on the right side and face-south-east.
However, the skeleton in Sicily faced downwards.
According to the researchers, they believed that this type of bury could be a result of superstition or an indication of an outlaw in the society. The majority believed the latter. The individual inside the grave might not follow any social alignments which led to his death sentence and lack of conformity in death.
Generally, the researchers tend to believe that this man was an exile who had to paid the ultimate price – his life.