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article image400-year-old skeleton of fallen soldier dug up on beach in Sweden

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 14, 2013 in Odd News
The skeletal remains of a man archeologists believe to be a fallen solder from the Denmark's occupation of Sweden in the early 1600s was found near a beach and just 20 centimetres underground. The skeleton was uncovered during work on a beach extension.
It's unknown if the soldier was Danish or Swedish but relics near the body and the ritualized way the hands and arms had been lain over the chest have archaeologists convinced it was a warrior from the Kalmar War. The Kalmar War took place in Sweden between 1611 and 1613.
The bones have withstood time rather well, a local municipal official, Ronny Gustavsson said, but the skull was damaged by the digger doing the beach-extension.
"All the lads thought it was really exciting," Gustavsson told The Local, a paper that serves the area. "Besides the hole in the head it's in pretty good condition; all the fingers and toes were in place. The guys all thought it was a real thrill to see."
This is the first soldier's grave from that war to be found but officials said that if another is found it will be left undisturbed. They cannot yet be certain it is indeed a soldier but more analysis on the skeleton will be done.
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