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When human remains were found in a routine dig in the English countryside, the archaeological team didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. It wasn’t until the remains from the Cambridgeshire Fens were washed and more closely examined that something highly unusual was revealed – a nail through the heel bone of one of the skeletons. Could this be evidence of a Roman crucifixion? If so, it would be a sensation. The only previous confirmed example is from a 1960s excavation in Jerusalem.

Bringing together renowned experts, including osteoarchaeologist Dr Corinne Duhig and biologist Professor Ben Garrod, Anatomy of a Crucifixion sets out to find out the identity of this person, how they lived, and why they were sentenced to die a horrible death. The film culminates with the first full forensic facial reconstruction of a Roman crucifixion victim, conducted by world-leading expert Joe Mullins.

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