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The Cambridgeshire Crucifixion, 21 April 2024, SBS and SBS on Demand

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In 2017, an archaeological dig in Cambridgeshire, England, uncovered human remains and Roman artefacts. The discovery of a nail through the heel bone of one individual suggested the possibility of Roman crucifixion.

The Cambridgeshire Crucifixion on SBS on Sunday 21 April investigates this intriguing find, exploring whether it provides evidence of Roman crucifixion in Britain. The programme engages the expertise of renowned osteoarchaeologist Dr Corinne Duhig, who offers valuable insights into this ancient practice.

Dr Corinne Duhig, a specialist in human remains, joins the investigation to shed light on this potential case of Roman crucifixion. With her extensive experience in forensic archaeology and anthropology, she provides a unique perspective on the discovery. The episode examines the rare physical evidence of crucifixion, as victims were typically not given proper burials, and nails were often removed or reused.

The investigation centres on the remains of a man, dubbed Skeleton 4926, who was found with a nail driven through his heel bone. This individual, estimated to be between 25 and 35 years old, may have been a slave or manual worker. The evidence suggests he endured a brutal death, with signs of trauma and infection evident on his bones.

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The episode also explores the broader context of the discovery, including the analysis of artefacts from the site. These artefacts indicate the presence of an organised Roman settlement, with a large building, a formal yard, and road surfaces. The settlement may have served as a formal stopping place along the Via Devana, an important Roman road.

The Cambridgeshire Crucifixion airs on Sunday 21 April 2024 at 7.30 pm on SBS and SBS on Demand.


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