Back in 2015, brothers Hubert and Graham Smyth made a disturbing, yet fascinating, find on a beach in England’s Isle of Wight; a human skeleton that experts have declared to be approximately 2000 years old. According to news outlet On The Wight, the bones are to be donated to a local museum.
The brothers discovered the bones on Fishbourne Beach during low tide, and immediately contacted officials who managed to move the bones before the tide washed them away.
Experts have examined the remains to find out where they came from. “My first job was to establish if this was a recently deceased person or something a little older—possibly from a long washed away graveyard attached to the nearby Quarr Abbey,” coroner Caroline Sumeray explained to On The Wight.
A local forensic pathologist, Basil Perdue, used carbon dating to determine the age of the bones. Sumeray told reporters they were “stunned” to find out that the skeleton—a woman—dated back to the Late Iron Age, between 28 and 90 CE. “My lady is indeed a long time dead!” she told On The Wight.
Post-mortem examinations revealed that the skeleton was a woman whose upper left arm bone and left collarbone were shorter than those on her body’s right side. Her cause of death wasn’t determined, but the experts believe that before she died, she may have suffered from a congenital deformity, or a right-sided stroke that caused muscle wasting on her body’s left side.