Italian archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a Medieval teenage girl who was burnt and thrown carelessly in a pit, her grave covered with heavy stone slabs.
Her burial shows she was seen as a danger even when dead, according to the archaeologists.
The skeleton was discovered at the complex of San Calocero in Albenga on the Ligurian Riviera, by a team led by scientific director Philippe Pergola, professor of topography of the Orbis Christianus Antiquus at the Pontifical Institute of Archaeology at the Vatican.
Medieval 'Witch Girl' Likely Just Suffered From Scurvy
At the same location, in September 2014, the team unearthed the remains of another "witch girl," a 13-year-old female who was buried face-down.
Like other deviant burials, in which the dead were buried with a brick in the mouth, nailed or staked to the ground, or even decapitated and dismembered, both the face-down burial and the stone-covered tomb aimed at preventing the dead girls from rising from the grave.
Further analysis determined the "witch girl" who was buried face-down just suffered from scurvy, a disorder caused by an insufficient intake of vitamin C.