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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Skull found in Bergen was from the Middle Ages

Police in Bergen called off a potential murder investigation on Thursday after a human skull was found Wednesday night near a popular shoreside park. The macabre discovery by two people out walking didn’t belong, though, to anyone currently in the police’s missing persons file.

The skull grabbed attention and police immediately cordoned off the area and sent the skull to the forensic pathology team at Gades Institute in Bergen. They could determine that the skull found at Kyrkjetangen probably belonged to a grown woman who died sometime in the Middle Ages.

It was then turned over to the University of Bergen, where it was deemed to be of historic interest. It will now be included in a collection of old bones, and experts from the university were keen to examine the area, near a popular beach, where old coins have been found earlier.

Police were disappointed, if only because the skull didn’t allow them to conclude any investigations into missing persons. “We of course want to clarify disappearances,” said Tore Salvesen, chief of the West Bergen Police Station. “Some of their family members are probably disappointed, too.” staff



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