Another skeleton found on the beach was of a Roman soldier who collapsed, his fists clutching the sand. Every bone in his body except his inner ear was broken suggesting that he too was hit forcefully by the surge and knocked to the ground. He was about 37 years old, wore a sword and bone-handled dagger by his side and had a bag of carpenter's tool on his back. Soldiers often worked in that trade. Fifteen silver coins and three gold coins were found near him, likely originally held in a cloth moneybag.
Anthropologist Sara Bisel examined the body and found that he had probably been a warrior for quite some time. He was missing three front teeth (missing six teeth in total), had a mark on this thighbone where a prior wound had healed, and had thick well developed thighbones likely from frequent bareback horse riding as was common among soldiers of the era.
Roman soldier skeletons are a very rare find since the Romans usually cremated their dead. Note I did not take the photos of the Ring Lady, as she has long since been removed from the Herculaneum beach.