Archaeologists monitoring a construction project along England's famed Thames River were surprised to find a 500-year-old skeleton of a man who was buried while still wearing his boots. The odd discovery was reportedly made as workers were excavating in an area of London known as Bermondsey. Thanks to the unique nature of the skeleton's unexpected and surprisingly durable footwear, researchers were able to discern a bit more about the individual.
According to an expert at the Museum of London Archaeology, the man's leather boots date back to the turn of the 16th century and would have been considered "highly prized" at the time. As such, they theorize that the man most likely would not have been intentionally buried with them on and that, therefore, his death was probably the result of some kind of tragic accident. Given that the boots were designed to reach the man's thighs, they also propose that he "made his living from the river" as either a fisherman or someone who scavenged for materials in the mud.
More on this fascinating story at the Coast to Coast AM website.