The bones of the ruler from the burial mound of helm’s village in Saxony-Anhalt are neatly spread out on a black cloth. After 3846 years ago, the coroner, Frank Ramsthaler confirmed: “It was murder.” The ruler had fallen in the era of the sky disc of Nebra victim to an assassination.

“The extensive research results will be published in the first half of the year 2019,” says country archaeologist Harald Meller. His colleague Kai Michel had previously suggested, the Remains of the helmet dorfer Prince yet once examined. “As far as we see now, have we discovered the oldest actually verifiable murder of the Prince story.”

the mortal Remains of the Prince of helmet the village of

For the classification: The oldest known murder case in the history of mankind happened in front of around 430,000 years ago. In the Northern Spanish Atapuerca researchers found the fractured skull of a primitive man. A Prince was not the victim.

for the First time, the researchers had investigated the Prince of bone in the years 2012 and 2013. Already at that time, they suspected that some bones were injured by “sharp force”. Now, there are reported to be a certainty.

The murder weapon could be a dagger have been

“To the bone, three injuries can be proven,” says Frank Ramsthaler, Deputy Director of the Institute for legal medicine of the University of the Saarland in Homburg. Possibly there are more, but these three were already deadly. The murder weapon could be a dagger, its blade must be 15 inches long.”

The coroner reconstructed the possible Tatablauf: A great determination in running stitch went in the belly area. The dagger’s tip hit the eleventh thoracic vertebrae, leaving a visible notch of 6 mm length and 3 mm depth.

Ramsthaler a stab to

in Order to push through the stomach and the vertebrae such flocked to inflict, it needed a huge force. The victims have been either on the wall or on the floor, presumed to be Ramsthaler. Otherwise, the offender would not be able to push the dagger into the bones. Here, the attacker has made well is also the main artery.

“In prächirurgischen times meant certain death,” says the expert. Another stitch met the Prince of above and behind the clavicle, and split the left shoulder blade. Numerous blood vessels, but also parts of the lung is hurt, the dagger, and also the deadly. “The talks for an experienced warrior,” says Meller. The Roman gladiators would have set the death shock.

Tyrannicide unlikely

“What I can’t figure out which stitch was first performed,” says Ramsthaler. At least the cut speaks on the upper arm as a third violation, a battle raged. Probably the Prince tried to protect himself with the Arm against the bombers. But who was that?

Nicole Nicklisch shows the injured eleventh thoracic vertebrae of the Prince of helmet the village of

“It must have been a person of trust from the environment of the ruler. Maybe a Relative, a friend or bodyguard,” said Meller. “The ruler was guileless and was surprised by the attack. May be he is like Julius Caesar in ancient Rome, a conspiracy victim.”

Against a tyrant murder speaks, however, of the approximately 30 – to 50-year-old Prince was buried with all honour among a huge hill. As a home researcher Hermann Größler (1840-1910), the Prince’s grave in 1907, digging up, he found the rulers of the skeleton on an oak death bed, it with gold jewellery as grave goods.

Immediately after the death of the ruler, the Region experienced a heyday, was the the sky disc of Nebra at the state Museum for prehistory in Halle.


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