Archaeologists in Northern Italy have unburied a sixth-century Lombard warrior with a knife prosthetic arm. We don’t know about you, but this gives us real Assassin’s Creed vibes.
According to Archeology Magazine, the remains of the warrior have been found in the Longobard cemetery, near Verona, north-eastern Italy. While the body unearthed seems normal at first sight, take a good look and you’ll notice that his right arm is amputated and replaced by a knife, placed next to his heart.
The experts examining the body (of Ezio’s or Altair’s probably, you the know the great Assassins from Assassin’s Creed?) came to the conclusion that the warrior made the device himself, due to wear found on his teeth, possibly in the attempt of adjusting the prosthetic straps. Archeology Magazine also points out that they also found callus and bone spurs on his stump which indicated how he used a sword to replace his arm.
As for the warrior’s identity, nothing is known yet and we might never know. The warrior was believed to be aged between 40 and 50 and he belongs to the Longobard people, Germanic in origin, who ruled most of the Italian Peninsula from 568 to 774. Experts also speculate that he might have been involved in the Lombard invasion of Italy in AD 568.
Where have we seen such mechanics before? This sends out massive Assassin’s Creed vibes. Not only because the body was found in Italy, a prominent country for the franchise, but the device itself reminds us a lot of the hidden blade used by the Brotherhood in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Hidden Blades were merely a device attached to the warrior’s hand and not a fix for amputation, however, the connection between the two is clear.
While there’s clearly not a connection between the found warrior body and Assassin’s Creed, we can’t help but “wow” to the possibility of Assassin’s with prosthetic weapon devices actually exist in ancient times. Imagine what other wonders the earth ground still conceals, waiting to be found.