Friday, March 12, 2010


Beheaded Vikings found at Olympic site
"They were 51 young men who met a grisly death far from home, their heads chopped off and their bodies thrown into a mass grave.

Their resting place was unknown until last year, when workmen excavating for a road near the London 2012 Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth, England, unearthed the grave. But questions remained about who the men were, how long they had been there and why they had been decapitated.

On Friday, officials revealed that analysis of the men's teeth shows they were Vikings, executed with sharp blows to the head around a thousand years ago. They were killed during the Dark Ages, when Vikings frequently invaded the region.

"To find out that the young men executed were Vikings is a thrilling development," said David Score, project manager for Oxford Archaeology, which excavated the remains. "Any mass grave is a relatively rare find, but to find one on this scale, from this period of history, is extremely unusual and presents an incredible opportunity to learn more about what is happening in Dorset at this time."

Radiocarbon dating had already placed the remains between A.D. 890 and 1030, before the Norman conquest of Anglo-Saxon England."
"Many of the executed men suffered multiple wounds, inflicted by a sharp-bladed weapon, to the skull, jaw and upper spine, all thought to relate to the process of decapitation"
"The bones still appear cleanly sliced, indicating the men suffered a "sword-based execution," Evans said."
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Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

Well, I guess these 51 folks will not participate in the Olympics then.

March 13, 2010 11:36 am  
Blogger Louise said...

Perhaps "rape, pillage and plunder" can be added to the roster of games for which Olympic athletes compete. There'll be hope for future Vikings.

March 13, 2010 11:53 am  

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