Scientists have identified the probable cause of death of an ancient nobleman, who died in 1940 BC. According to researchers, he was the victim of a political assassination.
This publication reports Science Alert reports Ribbon.ru.
The remains of the “Prince” was found in 1877 in a tomb at the mound of Leubingen in the Federal state of Thuringia in Eastern Germany. Archaeologists have found such artifacts as gold pins for a Cape, bronze swords, the clay pot and the stone anvil, which would indicate a noble origin of the person. In 2012, anthropologists studied the bones, but found no traces of injuries that would indicate a violent death.
However, a new study has shown that the skeleton has at least three injuries that were fatal. They were made, probably with a dagger, the blade of which had a length of 15 centimeters.
Fatal wound was inflicted in the abdomen and chest, with the blade nicked the spine and split the shoulder blade. According to scientists, murderers were those whom the deceased trusted and allowed to get close enough. Thus, experts have received evidence of the earliest known political assassinations.