In 2018, on the small islet Chapelle Dom Hue the remains of a man without hands was unearthed by archaeologists. The skeleton of a dolphin dating back to medieval times was buried only a few feet away.
sArchaeologists have determined that the skeleton of the man is later than then the one of the dolphin and probably are not related.
The small islet measures only 50 feet. It lies approximately 900 feet from the west coast of Guernsey with its Neolithic graveyard.
Reclusive Christian monks lived on the islet during the medieval times. Initially the team that found the skeleton thought he might have been a monk suffering from leprosy, which would account for his missing hands and wrists. However some of the clothing, namely the shirt buttons point to the possibility he was buried in the 16th or 17th century, long after the monks settled there.
The next theory about the identity of the man is that he drowned, and his body washed on the shore and was given an anonymous, but Christian burial. Why the body was not thrown back into the sea is a mystery.
The remains of the dolphin also presents its own set of questions. Was it a carcass preserved with salt and buried, then forgotten about? Or perhaps it was a holy animal which research has not found any reference to.
The man's grave located on a small cliff became weathered away, and part of the foot and toe were exposed, leading to its discovery. The man was only five feet tall, and was missing the wrist bones and hands, as well as the lower part of the left arm. The feet were complete, which might indicate he wore some type of footwear.
Bodies that have drifted at sea, usually have the hands eaten away by fish, and the skull showed signs of damage that could have occurred when it washed up on the rocky shore.
So far these are the only two burials discovered, and it was excavated once before in the 1890s. The team hopes to uncover other skeletons eventually.
Source - LiveScience Photos - Guernsey Archaeology
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