MISTERIA Hand 2000 years old found in Roman well


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Archaeologists have found a mysterious wooden arm dating back to 2000 at the bottom of the ancient Roman well in England, which may have been placed here as offering to the gods.

The arm was discovered in Vart Park, in Raunds, Northampton Island. Archaeologists were surprised how well the arm was well preserved, indicating that it might have been of more importance, Fox News writes.

Archaeologist Michael Bamfort wrote in his report that the hand "is finely carved from one branch, which uses natural curvature to form an elbow, and is very well made, because no traces of tools are visible on its surface."

Bamfort also noted that the hand was "relatively slim and graceful," and maybe it was a small adult or adolescent.

"It is interesting that the upper end of the building has no trace of connection, or other methods that could be used to attach a hand to a larger sculpture," the statement added.

"Therefore, it seems plausible that it was just that specific part of the body, which was presented and separated as a kind of votive gift," says Bamfort.

He and his team were surprised that the hand was in such a good condition, not only because radioactive carbon showed that it originated from the age of 86 to 240 of our era, but also because the well was full of water.

However, oxygen was missing inside, which may have contributed to the preservation of the arm, reports San.

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