Mass grave of massacred vikings found

Published on August 18th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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A mass grave containing at least 35 skeletons has been found in Oxford, England. They may be the bodies of Vikings massacred in 1002 when King Ethelred the Unready ordered all the Danes in England to be killed.

It was obvious at the time of excavation that many of the skulls had been fractured or crushed, but after piecing these skulls back together, she found that many of them were covered in blade and puncture wounds mostly to the back of the head.

One of the victims had puncture wounds to his pelvis that seem to have come from behind him and from the side, as well as substantial blade wounds to his skull, suggesting that he had been attacked from all sides by at least two different people.

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Story: Louise Ord, BBC News | Photo: BBC News

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