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Archeologists have found a mysterious 2,000-year-old wood arm is at the bottom of a Roman well in the Uk, that is able to stand up as a sacrifice to the gods.
The arm was found at Warth Park in Raunds, Northamptonshire. The researchers were surprised to find out how well-preserved it was in the arm, there is an indication that it may have been of some significance.
Archaeological wood specialist, Michael Bamforth wrote in his report that the arm was finely carved from a single trunk, which makes use of the natural curve of the elbow, and it was very good, and as long as there are no tool marks are visible on the surface,” according to a statement.
A scale diagram of the wooden arm. (Credit: Michael Bamforth)
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Bamforth is also to be noted that the hand was “relatively slender and gracile,” and can be mimicked by the arm, and the hand of a small adult or an adolescent.
“Intriguingly, the top surface of the object, the object is not a trace of any seams, or any other methods that can be used to attach the arm to get a bigger picture,” the statement added. “Therefore, it seems likely that it is this particular element of the body, which was to be represented and to be in a certain way to be important for votive deposition.”
The stone-lined well, which is on the wooden arm. (Credit: Michael Bamforth)
Bamforth and his team were surprised to see that the arm was in a very good condition, not only because it is carbon dated to be from 86 to 240 A. D., but since it was water-logged.
However, it has been filled in, and there was a lack of oxygen, which may have contributed to it, The Sun reports.
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