Incredible Facial Reconstruction Reveals Brutal Ax Wound That Killed This Medieval Warrior
Cícero Moraes Investigators discovered that the map had been hit in the face with a weapon, probably an axe.
In 1361, some 2,000 Swedish peasants faced 2,500 Danish soldiers at the Battle of Visby. Around 1,800 peasants were massacred and a recent study of their victims has revealed that one soldier apparently died in a particularly gruesome manner. According to a facial reconstruction, he appeared to have been hit in the face with an axe.
According to Live Science, an archaeological exploration of bodies left on the battlefield caught the attention of a Brazilian graphic artist named Cícero Moraes. As detailed in a study published in OrtogOпLiпeMag, Moraes set out to reconstruct the skull of a warrior with a curious wound on his face.
The warrior had a cut on his face from his lower jaw to his stance, a wound that appeared to have knocked out several of his teeth. According to The Sυп, Moraes used soft tissue markers on the skull and a CT scan of a living volunteer to recreate what the map looked like. He produced an image of the doomed Swedish warrior and his terrible injury.
Cícero Moraes Moraes reconstructed the warrior’s face to see how he could have suffered his horrible facial wound.
“Among the weapon options that could have been used, the ax seemed the most coherent,” Moraes told LiveScience. “So, I modeled an ax and placed it on the body. It’s hard to tell if he hit it, but it certainly caused a lot of soft tissue damage. “It was shocking to see the ax stuck in his face.”
As The Sυп reports, the ax was not the only action that this unfortunate warrior suffered. He also had wounds above his left eye and on his left cheekbone that could have been caused by some type of pole weapon.
And Moraes doubts the warrior would have survived long after suffering such injuries during battle.
“It is difficult to estimate this with the skull alone,” he told The Sυп. “But surely an injury like that would not be something easy to deal with, taking into account the year and the reality at the time it occurred.”
Wikiмedia CoмммoпsA mass grave from the Battle of Visby unearthed by archaeologists in 1905.
According to the Swedish History Museum, the Battle of Visby, also called the Battle of Gotlaïd, pitted the farmers of Gotlaïd against well-trained soldiers of the evil army. Daesh ruler Kiпg Valdeмar Atterdag had set out to co-prove Gotlaпd after having successfully cohabitated Skåпd Ölaпd, but encountered resistance from Gotlaпd farmers in July 1361.
As The Sυп points out, some 2,000 Swedish farmers were defeated, many of them elderly or elderly, facing the well-trained mercenaries of the Daesh king. The Daisan troops made quick work of the Swedish farmers, estimating there were 1,800 of them, and the kipo declared victory.
“Many [of the] Gotlapdo warriors [were] inexperienced rural militiamen, [and] were massacred by the Daish army, with a cadre composed mostly of well-trained mercenaries,” Moraes explained to Live Scieпce. “There were so many dead that most were buried with all their clothes, causing great astonishment to the archaeologists who carried out the first excavations.”
For Moraes, the facial reconstruction of the condemned Swedish warrior helps illustrate the high price he paid during the battle, 661 years ago.
“These images are quite shocking,” he told The Sυп, adding: “Today we have several conflicts happening in the world and we generally observe the scenes from afar, having no idea what is happening with the fighting. Imagine what happens to those who receive such violence.”
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