Some 1,400 years ago, a Pictish man was brutally murdered and his skeleton was recently discovered in a cave on the coast of the Black Isle peninsula, in the Scottish Highlands.
Archaeologists found evidence that the cave had been used for iron-smithing during the Pictish period. The body had been placed in an unusual cross-legged position, with large stones holding down his legs and arms.
The bones, sent to the Center for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee, were analyzed by a team of researchers led by CAHID’s world-renowned forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black.
Dundee University research team was also able to reconstruct the face of the man.
Examination of the Pictish murder victim revealed that he had suffered from at least five severe head injuries and he died a violent death.
Radiocarbon dating of a bone sample indicates that he died sometime between 430 and 630 A.D., during the so-called Pictish period in Scotland.