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A rare execution chain dating back 500 years has been found at a site known as Gallows’ Hill - alongside dozens of skeletons.
Among the remains of executed criminals, including their detached skulls, was an almost complete chain used to string them up and a link belonging to another.
Chains - Rope - People - Process - Gibbeting
Chains were sometimes used instead of rope to hang people in a process known as Gibbeting.
The dead or dying bodies left to hang to deter other criminals - sometimes in cages - for a period of days, weeks, or even years.
Ropes - Corpses - Ground - Chains
Since ropes were not strong enough to prevent the corpses from falling to the ground, stronger chains were used instead.
The macabre discovery was made by archaeologists near the town of Zagan in Western Poland.
Gallows - Zagan - Century - Century - Convicts
The gallows in Zagan were used from the 16th century through to the 18th century, with convicts being either hung or decapitated.
Among the thousands of bone fragments found during the dig archaeologists also came across the skeleton of somebody who was beheaded with the skull placed between its feet.
'Execution - Chains - Finds - Items - Poland
'Execution chains are extremely rare finds. So far only two complete items have been found in Poland,' said Dr. Daniel Wojtucki, head of the research team from the University of Wroclaw, in a written statement.
'One of them is just a link but the second one is probably...
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