Blown down tree reveals skeleton

A tree that was blown down outside a church, located within the walls of Leiria castle, revealed a morbid discovery: a human skeleton that is believed to be hundreds of years old, revealed the local municipal authority.

Leiria Câmara said the skeleton was in a vertical position, stuck among tree roots. The tree had been blown down in the January 19 storm.

A team of municipal archaeologists believes the skeleton to be the body of an adult who was buried face up, as part of a Christian funeral ceremony.