Archaeologists were shocked by an unexpected discovery in the tomb of a medieval monk

© Fotolia / KrugloffАрхеологические excavationsArchaeologists were shocked by an unexpected discovery in the tomb of a medieval monk© Fotolia / Krugloff

Archaeologists have found a burial of the XIV century on an island off the coast of Normandy, serving as refuge for monks and hermits. Scientists discovered in the tomb of the remains of porpoises, reports The Guardian.

The researchers expect to find in a grave on the island of Chapelle Dom hue (belongs to the UK) human remains. But, according to the newspaper, they were stunned when the remains of the monk they found the skull and bones of a marine animal.

«It’s very strange, I don’t know what to do with it. Why bury a sea pig that looks like a grave? This is a wonderful surprise,» — says archaeologist Phillip Jersey. He added that similar meets «for the first time in his 35-year career».

The hypothesis that the monks have the animal the delphinidae family, ate, and then buried his bones, scientists from the shallows. In the middle ages in such cases, the remains were just thrown into the sea.

«If they ate it or killed, why would he have a funeral? This is complete nonsense! In this case there has been some effort to create a neatly dug grave», — says the scientist.

Scientists have put forward two hypotheses. Perhaps one of the inhabitants of the island decided to hide the body of the animal from the other monks.
«Perhaps an animal carcass was dumped in the salt, and then for some reason it has not come back» — allows Jersey.

According to another version, the animal had a religious significance for the inhabitants of the island. «Dolphin is of great importance in Christianity, but I have not seen anything like this before. It’s a little weird, because this you can find in the iron age (first Millennium BC — ed), but not in the middle ages,» amazed the researcher.

In favor of this version speaks one more circumstance. In a neatly dug grave was discovered traces of pottery, which were also present in monastic burials.

In the early years of Christianity, the Dolphin was depicted with a wound from a Trident or cross was the symbol of the crucified Jesus Christ. Then he began to portray with the ship and anchor, which symbolizes the Church, led by Christ.