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« on: July 30, 2009, 07:40:34 am »
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As many people knows the vinkings did do some bigtime raids against England, found a interesting article about the people of the island striking back...

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Naked, beheaded, and tangled, the bodies of 51 young men?their heads stacked neatly to the side?have been found in a thousand-year-old pit in southern England, according to carbon-dating results released earlier this month.

The mass burial took place at a time when the English were battling Viking invaders, say archaeologists who are now trying to verify the identity of the slain.



The dead are thought to have been war captives, possibly Vikings, whose heads were hacked off with swords or axes, according to excavation leader David Score of Oxford Archaeology, an archaeological-services company.

Announced in June, the pit discovery took place during an archaeological survey prior to road construction near the seaside town of Weymouth (map).

A Mere Flesh Wound

Many of the skeletons have deep cut marks to the skull and jaw as well as the neck. "The majority seem to have taken multiple blows," Score said.

The bodies show few signs of other trauma, suggesting the men were alive when beheaded.

One victim appears to have raised an arm in self-defense: "The hand appears to have had its fingers sliced through," Score noted.

The heads were neatly piled to one side of the pit, perhaps as a victory display, the team suggests.

Beheaded ... but Otherwise Healthy

Unusually, no trace of clothing has been found, indicating the men were buried naked.

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009, 08:57:11 am »
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Dang!  That lot must have done P.O.ed some one!   Club

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009, 11:40:09 am »
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Hello Niobium and Everyone . What a discovery !! I thought the Vikings were tough but who ever did this must of been an Elite Combat Force . Maybe it was a suprise attack in the middle of the night when they were sleeping or all passed out Drunk . Thank-You for posting this .
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2009, 08:19:14 pm »
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Niobium;

Nice!

I wonder.... I have been looking for a meaning to  the title /VIKING/ for years (and found it.) Can anybody guess, do you hingenyingen, or sprekada Norsk?? It was simple, but an accidental find.

Clue: I always wondered what the VIK part meant. Get yer gold pans out.

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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2009, 11:19:50 pm »
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sounds like a longboator 2  full of vikings hit the wrong spot -- maybe their boat / boats were wrecked --and they were taken captive -- the english hated the viking raiders --they were very brutal when they had the upper hand --sounds like pay back time

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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2012, 02:04:27 pm »
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hi from birmingham england,YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET,

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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2012, 06:44:56 pm »
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did any one think about digging deeper, my thoughts and everthing i have read they  were very supersitious and thought gold burried with copses keep people away.
dig deeper!

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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2012, 06:54:04 pm »
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Bad JU JU digging graves. Huh?

Only the Archies  get away with Grave Robbing.

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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2012, 07:31:05 pm »
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how true mate.it happens all the time here in england,

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