Skip to comments.51 Headless Vikings Found in English Execution Pit?
Posted on 07/28/2009 1:34:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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... Many of the skeletons have deep cut marks to the skull and jaw as well as the neck... 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... Unusually, no trace of clothing has been found, indicating the men were buried naked. Even if their weapons and valuables had been taken "we should have found bone buttons and things like that, but to date we've got absolutely nothing," Score said... The burial has been radiocarbon-dated to between A.D. 890 and 1034... The team hopes chemical analysis of the buried men's teeth will show whether they grew up in Britain or Scandinavia... There was little to differentiate Vikings and early English warriors on the battlefield, said Siddorn, founder of Regia Anglorum, a historical-reenactment society... Both used spears as their primary weapons, with swords and axes as backups, Siddorn added... "During the height of the Viking raids, it's reasonable to say it was unsafe to live anywhere within 20 miles [32 kilometers] of the coast."
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An archaeologist excavates a circa-1000 English burial pit in summer 2009. The pit holds 51 headless young men, perhaps Viking warriors executed by early English fighters, experts say. Photograph courtesy David Score, Oxford Archaeology
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Thanks for posting
Talk about burying the evidence...I had no idea...and the Brits claim to be “civilized.”
I was gonna think of that!!!
Pit Viking alert!
you don't need that ring, do you?
Britain needs to apologize for this ethnic cleansing of the Viking “raiders”. They were probably just wayward youth or young strolling minstrels.
Back then clothing, especially buttons, were valuables. If you were going to execute someone in that time, it makes perfect sense to strip them first to keep from damaging or staining their clothes.
“Britain needs to apologize for this ethnic cleansing of the Viking ‘raiders’”
I think the term you’re looking for is “undocumented immigrants.” ;)
You are probably right. They were stripped of their hammers, clothes and roofing nails, beheaded and then thrown into the mass grave.
Talk about burying the evidence...I had no idea...and the Brits claim to be civilized.
Read what the Vikings did to BRits!!
Looks like archaeological evidence of Ethelred’s massacre of the Danes in 1002.
Interesting, I wonder how many English died to capture them.
Dem Dry Bunes
Tue-a bune-a cunnected tu zee fuut bune
-a Fuut bune-a cunnected tu zee leg bune
-a Leg bune-a cunnected tu zee knee-a bune
-a knee-a bune-a...ja dey all dry bunes
They were civilized - they buried their dead enemies.
Reparations are in order!
Currently, I’m reading “A History of the Vikings,” by Gwyn Jones. Interesting!
Since I’m descendant from both, it’s pretty cool to see them fight then .......
Yes, they did!
The original three S’s. Swing, shovel, and shut up.
“Footprints identified with the ‘86 Bears were spotted nearby.”
Being 1/2 Swede and 1/2 Norwegian, I will gladly accept Danegeld if it will help assuage any guilt.
Did they get Brett Favre?
At least the English probably didn’t waterboard them.
More civilized than leaving them out for the critters - or displaying them near the shore.
I would have displayed them near the shore.
Yah. The shore sounds good.
But what if they did? Were the English sophisticated enough to know what waterboarding was? Oh. Wait. Maybe that’s where “keelhaul” came from!
Sort of like a warning.
Sources place King Alfred at the scene...
All Hail Alfred the Great!
That's what I always do.
The Vikings also liked to navigate rivers.
The Isle of man was discovered by Vikings.
The vikings must have tried to force nationalized health care against the will of the people.
|"Fetch me my axe, dear."|
Went snoozin’ after cruisin’ and wound up losin’ their heads.
Someone que the VIKING KITTYS!
The Isle of Man was rediscovered by Vikings; it was already occupied long before that. :’)
And they didn’t have panties back then.
The Viking invasions (which included the reign of Canute / Knut; his father Svein Forkbeard spent 20 years in Denmark preparing his conquest, and died just before it began) went on for a few hundred years, peaked early, and finally ran out of gas in 1066 (the Battle of Stamford Bridge). What it did was unify the seven kingdoms and motivate their kings to build what may have been the best national army in Europe (again, until 1066; of course, waiting a few days, or maybe a couple of weeks, for mustering to complete, probably would have made the difference at Hastings, when Harold II fell to William the Usurper/the Bastard/the Conqueror).
If I hear “What’s in your wallet?” one more time, I’d do the whole bunch myself with a rusty shovel.
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