330-year-old skull flown from Spain to Guam

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330-year-old skull flown from Spain to Guam

THE 330-year-old skull of a Spanish priest has been transported back to the place of his death. 

The remains of  17th century Jesuit missionary Father Manuel de Solorzano have been returned to the island of Guam, over 300 years after he died there.

Solorzano – originally from Extremadura – was stationed in Guam to represent the Roman Catholic organisation The Society of Jesus.

However, an uprising in June 1684 led to the priest’s gruesome death, where his body was crushed and his head nearly severed.

His head was returned to Spain where is has remained until now.

A descendant of Solorzano is accompanying two researchers to Guam where the Father’s head will be displayed for viewing at a cathedral.

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