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A gibbet, a gallows-type structure, and 20 victims found in Switzerland

The remnants of a gibbet, and the remains of at least 20 people, have been found in Bern, Switzerland.

The gibbet was used in olden days to display the bodies of criminals to deter others from a life of crime. This particular gibbet last appears in records in 1817.

Armond Baeriswil, head of the Division of Urban, Church, and Castle Archaeology in the Canton of Bern says such a find is rare in Switzerland. “We knew that there was a gallows once, because there are still some maps of the 1800s which show them,” he explains, “but we were not sure if any remains would really be still there.”

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