A mysterious bottle of liquid was discovered between the buried skeleton’s legs.
At a significant archaeological dig, a MYSTERY bottle of liquid was discovered between the legs of a skeleton.
The unusual blue-colored glass bottle labeled “Hull Infirmary” appears to have been placed in a cemetery in Hull on purpose.
A brown liquid was also discovered in the fully sealed bottle, which has yet to be identified.
Hull Live has the story. The bottle was unearthed earlier this year during a large excavation at the site, which was used for burials between 1783 and 1861.
Since last year, a 70-strong team of specialized archaeologists has been working there, analyzing about 1,500 excavated corpses.
The cemetery is one of the largest post-medieval cemeteries ever discovered in England’s north.
“It’s extremely common to find things such as jewelry, money, articles of clothing, and even tableware such as plates in a burial plot,” said Katie Dalmon, osteology supervisor.
“It was not only allegedly placed between the person’s legs, but it was also sealed and nearly full with liquid.”
The writing on the bottle’s side is a clue that has led to the discovery of at least some of the grave’s mysteries.
Hull Infirmary opened in temporary quarters in 1782, a year before the burial ground, and subsequently moved to a purpose-built home nearby in 1784.
“We now know a little bit more about the identify of the deceased – it’s a woman in her 60s at the time of death,” Katie continued. She also had residual rickettsia and osteoporosis, as we know.
“She was likewise buried with the bottle in the middle of a burial heap. It was put with the individual on purpose and not as part of any backfill.”
The mystery liquid has also been subjected to tests in an attempt to determine what it is, with samples being sent to scientists at Nottingham Trent University.
“The tests have confirmed the existence of sodium, potassium, and phosphorus, as well as ruled out the presence of any pharmaceutical materials,” Katie explained.
“The findings lead us to believe that the liquid is most likely pee, but they also raise a slew of other questions.
“What does this imply?” Why was it placed there, and what could it be if it isn’t urine?”
Another theory being investigated, according to the expert. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”