Thursday, October 1, 2015

Exclusive : Shocking moment a 1000-year-old perfectly preserved skeleton is discovered

THIS is the moment a tomb, undisturbed for 1000 years and containing a perfectly preserved skeleton, was discovered by shocked scientists.

People digging up

The incredible find was made during an extensive project of a railway

The incredible find was made during an extensive construction project of a light railway.

Video footage shows archaeologists opening the stone coffin, which had been untouched in the ground for a millennium.

The dig was being carried out at St Alban's Priory - a former wooden church - where Danish king Canute the Holy was killed and buried in 1086.

Footage shows two of the scientists, who were checking the site in Dannish city Odenese for artefacts of historic importance, opening the stone lid to reveal the top of the skeleton.

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Given the grave's location and the items he was buried with the archaeologists believe the skeleton could belong to Eilbert, the Bishop of Odense, who died around 1072.

The corpse is a 6ft man aged around 30.

Men finding skeleton

The dig was carried out at a former wooden church

Men digging

The skeleton has been moved to a university in Denmark

He was buried with a miniature eucharist set, as well as a plate and a chalice of wine.

The blog said it was not the remains of Canute as these were moved to a new church which was built in his name.

The skeleton has been moved to the University of Southern Denmark, where they will attempt to extract DNA from it.

Skeleton

The skeleton was of a 30-year-old 6ft man