How Jesus died: Ancient crucifixion victim offers new clues

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The discovery of an ancient skeleton in northern Italy could shed new light on brutal Roman crucifixions. There is relatively little archaeological evidence of crucifixions, the method used to execute Jesus Christ, according to Christian tradition.

New analysis of a heel bone found in Gavello, near Venice, in 2007 may offer fresh insight into the brutal execution method, which was widely used in the Roman Empire.  

In a paper published in the journal of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, a team of researchers from the University of Ferrara and the University of Florence explain that the remains may belong to a crucifixion victim.

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