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According to one source, these hooks in the wall as an execution method were introduced with the construction of the new city gate in 1573.
Before that time, gaunching as described by de Tournefort was in use.
Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, travelling on botanical research in the Levant 1700–1702, observed both ordinary longitudinal impalement, but also a method called "gaunching", in which the condemned is hoisted up by means of a rope over a bed of sharp metal hooks.
He is then released, and depending on how the hooks enter his body, he may survive in impaled condition for a few days. A large iron hook was fixed on the horizontal cross-bar of the gallows and the individual was forced upon this hook, piercing him from the abdomen through his back, so that he hung from it, hands, feet and head downward.
He then placed, and held vertically, a wooden stave at her heart to mark its location, while his assistants piled earth on the woman, keeping her head free of earth at the behest of the clerics, however, as to do otherwise would have quickened the death process.
A detailed description of an execution in this manner comes from 17th century Košice (then in Hungary, now in eastern Slovakia).A woman to be executed for infanticide involved an executioner and two assistants to help him.