Discovery of Man Crucified 2,000 Years Ago Sheds Light on Jesus’ Crucifixion

New research into the crucifixion of a man 2,000 years ago in northern Italy, which was only the second direct discovery of a man executed by such a method, is shedding light into how Jesus Christ was killed.

Emanuela Gualdi, a medical anthropologist at the University of Ferrara, told LiveScience on Monday that the skeletal remains of the man had first been discovered in Venice in 2007, but newly published research delves deeper into how he died.

The research paper, a collaborative effort from experts from the universities of Ferrara and Florence, examined a lesion and unhealed fracture on one of the heel bones of the man, suggesting that his feet had been nailed.

“We found a particular lesion on the right calcaneus [heel bone] passing through the entire bone,” Gualdi said.

She noted that Roman crucifixions were made to cause as much pain as possible for a prolonged period, with prisoners and slaves having their feet and wrists nailed to a wooden cross, sometimes taking several days to die.

As the Romans often left the bodies to rot or be eaten by animals, little direct evidence of people who have died from crucifixions remains. In some cases, the victims were removed and buried, but the metal crucifixion nails would be salvaged from their bodies.

Gualdi said that in the case of the man discovered in 2007, his wrists appear to have been tied to the cross with a rope, which was also a method practiced at the time.

The researcher noted that many questions remain around the man, given that he was buried directly in the ground without any burial goods, rather than being placed in a tomb.

“We cannot know if he was a prisoner, but the burial marginalization indicates that he probably was an individual deemed dangerous or defamed in the Roman society,” she said.

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Source: Christian Post