The Swedish History Museum holds a large collection of bones of various kinds, including human remains. We living humans are both appalled by and attracted to visible evidence of death. The scanned remains presented on Sketchfab from our museum are important museum artefacts, chosen because they represent a specific historical event. They also represent one of humanity’s worst acts: violence towards other humans. It is therefore our wish that you, as a viewer, use the 3D-models with respect.
The image shows a human tibia with a substantial cut caused by an edged weapon. The tibia is one of several thousand artifacts found in a mass grave outside Visby on the island Gotland. All remains and objects found on the site stem from a battle between Gotlandic peasants and Danish mercenaries on 27 July 1361. Many of the skeletons display severe injuries to their feet and legs. It is assumed that the Danish mercenaries attacked by first incapacitating their enemies in this way, and then killing them where they fell.