THE remains of a suspected medieval soldier surrounded by weapons have been found submerged in a Lithuanian lake.
It’s thought the watery grave became the male soldier’s final resting place over 500 years ago.
The solider was found with leather boots and a belt[/caption]
The body lay hidden under the mud for centuries.
It was discovered during an underwater inspection of Dubingiai bridge in eastern Lithuania’s Lake Asveja.
The bridge is set to undergo repair works so divers performed a survey and found the remains at 30 feet deep.
According to the Baltic News Service, archaeologists do not believe the man was buried.
His boots and sword can be seen clearly despite being over 500 years old[/caption]
Divers found the body at 30 feet deep[/caption]
He may have died in the lake and sediments later covered his body.
It’s thought he died in the 16th century but no one is quite sure why.
Well-preserved leather boots with spurs, a leather belt with a buckle and knives were found in the mud.
These suggested to experts that the man was a solider.
The dive was taking place to survey underwater before construction work on an old bridge[/caption]
If the remains do belong to a medieval military man then he would be the first found underwater in Lithuania.
A survey of the lake in 1998 revealed there would have been an old bridge there in the 16th or 17th century.
It could be possible that the man was crossing this bridge before his demise.
Archaeologist Elena Pranckėnaitė told Live Science: “For now, we assume that those discovered human remains could be linked with the former bridge leading to Dubingiai castle, which was situated on the hilltop on the shore of Asveja Lake.”
Further investigations will be conducted so we can find out more about the medieval man.
The world's most gruesome ancient burials
Here's some of the most haunting archaeological discoveries ever made…
- Shackled skeletons: A mass grave in an ancient Greek cemetery was found to contain 80 skeletons all with their wrists clamped in iron shackles; archaeologists think they were victims of a mass execution but why this happened remains a mystery
- Mass child sacrifice: The remains of nearly 270 children sacrificed to the gods 500 years ago were recently found in a gruesome ancient mass grave in Peru
- Family massacre: Archaeologists recently discovered that a 5,000 year old mass grave site was the result of a tragic family massacre; the burial site in Poland contains the bodies of men, women and children who all had their skulls smashed to pieces
- Bog bodies: In 1950, experts found a bog body with a “face so fresh they could only suppose they had stumbled on a recent murder.” The corpse, referred to as the Tollund man, is probably the most well-preserved body from pre-historic times in the whole world
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