The non-traditional applications for CT scan continue to astonish archaeologists and those of us fascinated by this technology. The head of a British man from 100AD was found in 1958 in Salford, England and was preserved in peat bog. He was a murder victim who lived during the Iron Age. Experts have been divided for years about how he died but a new CT scan showed the true cause of death. He was bludgeoned over the head, strangled, and then beheaded.
The scan revealed damage to what remained of the neck was for certain caused by a ligature. The debate continues over why he was killed. Was it a pagan ritual of human sacrifice or punishment for a crime? The 3D image that was reconstructed post-scan clearly shows the severity of the wounds this man sustained.
It is remarkable when something can be used for purposes not initially intended, whether it be a medication, technology, or a tool. It is important to remember that great discoveries can be made looking and living outside the box.