Throughout the ancient history, there have been dreadful, horrific methods of killing enemies, criminals or any unwanted persons. This article shows the 10 most uncivilised ancient methods of execution.

10.Death by Sawing

In this method of execution, the victim would usually be hung upside down with the legs apart. Then a saw would slowly be driven through the entire body, eventually cutting the head in two. The victim usually wouldn’t die until the saw reached the head. This method was prevalent in Europe, under the Roman Empire, in Spain, and in parts of Asia.

9. Disembowelment

In this method some or all the vital organs were removed one by one from the body, mainly from the abdomen of the person who was to be executed. This method was used to punish thieves and those accused of adultery. This method was practiced in England, Netherlands, Belgium and Japan.

8. Breaking Wheel

In this method of execution, the victim was used to be stretched out on a wooden wheel, with their limbs extended along its many spokes. Then all the bones of every limb were broken by applying hammer or a large iron bar to the limb through the gap to break all its bones. Usually the victim was left alive with every limb in his or her body, broken. Originated in Ancient Greece during the Middle Ages and spread through other countries such as France, Russia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden.

7. Flaying

Prevalent around a thousand years ago in places such as Middle East and Africa.
Flaying was one of the most vicious and barbaric methods of execution. It was prevalent around a thousand years ago in places such as Middle East and Africa. Flaying involved removing the skin from the body of the person who was to be executed. After the skin was removed, the person would be thrown to bleed to death. Ingredients like salt were used to increase the pain exponentially.

6. Crucifixion

Crucifixion was one of the most ghastly and atrocious methods of ancient execution. It was practiced from 6th Century BC until 4th Century AD among the Seleucids, Carthaginians, Persians and Romans. The person who was to be executed was tied or nailed to a large wooden cross and left to hang till dead.

5. Impalement

This was among the most horrifying of punishments ever imagined and practised by humans. In this method victims were forced to sit on a sharp and thick pole. The pole was then raised upright and the victim was left to slide further down the pole by his or her own weight. The victim on sliding down the pole was pierced through the rectum, through the vagina, through the side or even through the mouth, which caused deep bleeding and painful wounds. It was practiced during the Middle Ages amongst the Romans, Chinese, Greeks and Turks and also in Asia and Europe.

4. Slow Slicing (Lingchi)

In this method of execution, a knife was used to remove portions of the body over an extended period of time in an organized, eventually leading to their death. Lingchi was reserved for crimes which were considered as especially severe, such as treason, mass murder, patricide or the murder of one’s master or employer. This method was common in the 900 AD and was usually practiced in China.

3. Crushing

In this method the person to be executed could be tied up with his head on a stone or a slightly extruded surface. His head was then crushed by a highly trained elephant, which would slowly exert pressure on the head. In another method, the victim was pressed with extremely large and heavy stones laid upon their chest, which caused suffocation and then death. Sources say it was used by Romans as well as by the Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam.

2. Hanged, Drawn and Quartered

This method of execution was completed in three parts. The method started with the convicts fastened to a hurdle, or wooden panel, and drawn by horse to the place of execution, where they were hanged, emasculated, disembowelled, beheaded and then quartered i.e., chopped into four pieces. This method was used mainly in England.

1. Death by Burning

This was also one of the most gruesome methods. In this method the victim’s body would burn progressively in the following sequence: calves, thighs and hands, torso and forearms, breasts, upper chest, face; and then finally death. Pitch was applied to the victim’s body, which helped the fire to burn faster and make the process quicker. This method was mainly practiced in Rome, in Akragas in Sicily, in England, and in some part of North America.