Skull of a medieval man who suffered a gruesome death 'by a violent blow'

Mail Online | 6/10/2019 | Victoria Bell For Mailonline
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The skull of a medieval man who suffered a violent blow to his head around 700 years ago has been found in a mysterious burial crypt beneath a church.

In the small town of Rothwell in Northamptonshire, the Holy Trinity Church holds the corpses of 2,500 ancient men, women and children in a mysterious 'hall of bones'.

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Remains dating from the mid 13th Century are stacked metres high in the dark underground tomb buried deep under the still active parish building.

The skulls and bones stored under the church date from 1250 to 1900, with radio carbon dating used to establish the age.

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The man is thought to have suffered a gruesome death as it shows signs of a violent blow to the head before his corpse was tossed into the crypt.

Although the 'hall of bones' was discovered in the 17th century, experts are only now studying the mountain of skeletons.

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For the new study, experts examined five skulls lined on shelves within the crypt on a shelf.

One skull shows signs of a serious fracture through the forehead suggesting a violent death – but scientists say it's unlikely a massacre took place at the site.

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