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51 Headless Vikings Found in English Execution Pit?
National Geographic News ^ | July 28, 2009 | James Owen in London

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

51 Headless Vikings Found in English Execution Pit?

1 posted on 07/28/2009 1:34:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 07/28/2009 1:35:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

PING - for a later reading

Thanks for posting


3 posted on 07/28/2009 1:37:16 PM PDT by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: SunkenCiv

“OD-I-I-N!!”


4 posted on 07/28/2009 1:39:09 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: SunkenCiv

Talk about burying the evidence...I had no idea...and the Brits claim to be “civilized.”


5 posted on 07/28/2009 1:40:19 PM PDT by Monkey Face (RUN, SARAH, RUN!)
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To: PzLdr; Dead Corpse

I was gonna think of that!!!


6 posted on 07/28/2009 1:40:53 PM PDT by Monkey Face (RUN, SARAH, RUN!)
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To: SunkenCiv; Chet 99

Pit Viking alert!


7 posted on 07/28/2009 1:42:20 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SunkenCiv

you don't need that ring, do you?

8 posted on 07/28/2009 1:44:23 PM PDT by SGCOS
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To: SunkenCiv

Britain needs to apologize for this ethnic cleansing of the Viking “raiders”. They were probably just wayward youth or young strolling minstrels.


9 posted on 07/28/2009 1:44:45 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: SunkenCiv
Mongol General: What is best in life?
Conan: To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.
10 posted on 07/28/2009 1:45:00 PM PDT by colorado tanker ("Ah guess I talked stupidly when I said the officer acted stupidly.")
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To: SunkenCiv
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...

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.

11 posted on 07/28/2009 1:45:38 PM PDT by magslinger (Inside every father is a Bryan Mills waiting to get out.)
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To: Sawdring

“Britain needs to apologize for this ethnic cleansing of the Viking ‘raiders’”

I think the term you’re looking for is “undocumented immigrants.” ;)


12 posted on 07/28/2009 1:46:25 PM PDT by villagerjoel (1. Implement socialist policies 2. ??? 3. Heaven on earth)
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To: villagerjoel

You are probably right. They were stripped of their hammers, clothes and roofing nails, beheaded and then thrown into the mass grave.


13 posted on 07/28/2009 1:52:29 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Monkey Face

Talk about burying the evidence...I had no idea...and the Brits claim to be “civilized.”

Read what the Vikings did to BRits!!


14 posted on 07/28/2009 1:53:04 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: SunkenCiv

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%86thelred_the_Unready

Looks like archaeological evidence of Ethelred’s massacre of the Danes in 1002.


15 posted on 07/28/2009 1:53:11 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting, I wonder how many English died to capture them.


16 posted on 07/28/2009 1:53:37 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (III)
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To: SunkenCiv

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


17 posted on 07/28/2009 1:55:27 PM PDT by tumblindice ("I would like to fondle your buttocks." Hungarian/English phrasebook)
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To: Monkey Face

They were civilized - they buried their dead enemies.


18 posted on 07/28/2009 1:56:13 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Sawdring

Reparations are in order!


19 posted on 07/28/2009 1:58:19 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Oldpuppymax

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 .......
;o]


20 posted on 07/28/2009 1:59:50 PM PDT by Monkey Face (RUN, SARAH, RUN!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Tough year for the Vikings.


21 posted on 07/28/2009 2:00:08 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (This tagline excerpted. To read more, click on MyOverratedBlog.com)
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To: R. Scott

Yes, they did!


22 posted on 07/28/2009 2:00:35 PM PDT by Monkey Face (RUN, SARAH, RUN!)
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To: Monkey Face

The original three S’s. Swing, shovel, and shut up.


23 posted on 07/28/2009 2:00:54 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Footprints identified with the ‘86 Bears were spotted nearby.”


24 posted on 07/28/2009 2:01:55 PM PDT by Gunflint
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Being 1/2 Swede and 1/2 Norwegian, I will gladly accept Danegeld if it will help assuage any guilt.


25 posted on 07/28/2009 2:03:09 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: SunkenCiv

Did they get Brett Favre?


26 posted on 07/28/2009 2:04:23 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I agree with Rick..)
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To: SunkenCiv

At least the English probably didn’t waterboard them.


27 posted on 07/28/2009 2:10:20 PM PDT by Busywhiskers ("Every normal man must be tempted at times to hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats" -Henr)
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To: Monkey Face

More civilized than leaving them out for the critters - or displaying them near the shore.
I would have displayed them near the shore.


28 posted on 07/28/2009 2:14:05 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: R. Scott

Yah. The shore sounds good.


29 posted on 07/28/2009 2:15:23 PM PDT by Monkey Face (RUN, SARAH, RUN!)
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To: Hoffer Rand

YES!


30 posted on 07/28/2009 2:15:52 PM PDT by Monkey Face (RUN, SARAH, RUN!)
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To: Busywhiskers

But what if they did? Were the English sophisticated enough to know what waterboarding was? Oh. Wait. Maybe that’s where “keelhaul” came from!


31 posted on 07/28/2009 2:17:12 PM PDT by Monkey Face (RUN, SARAH, RUN!)
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To: Monkey Face

Sort of like a warning.


32 posted on 07/28/2009 2:18:14 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sources place King Alfred at the scene...


33 posted on 07/28/2009 2:19:13 PM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: R. Scott

*she grins*


34 posted on 07/28/2009 2:20:52 PM PDT by Monkey Face (RUN, SARAH, RUN!)
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To: SunkenCiv
With all due respect to Rudyard Kipling, once you pay the Danegeld, you can get rid of the Dane. And that is how.
35 posted on 07/28/2009 2:25:05 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: SunkenCiv

All Hail Alfred the Great!


36 posted on 07/28/2009 2:32:34 PM PDT by Mashood
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To: R. Scott
I would have displayed them near the shore.

That's what I always do.

37 posted on 07/28/2009 2:36:49 PM PDT by SIDENET ("Join me or die. Can you do any less?" -Mr. Sparkle)
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To: SunkenCiv

The Vikings also liked to navigate rivers.


38 posted on 07/28/2009 3:15:57 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: SunkenCiv
In the front yard of my farm on the Isle of Man archaeologists found the burial place of a Viking King and next to him was his tiny (teen?) wife who was killed and buried with him for his trip to Valhalla.

The Isle of man was discovered by Vikings.

39 posted on 07/28/2009 3:19:58 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Snickering Hound
Yeah, when the Danes killed a certain East Anglian king two hundred years earlier, I think there's some reason to their madness.
40 posted on 07/28/2009 3:27:18 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: SunkenCiv

The vikings must have tried to force nationalized health care against the will of the people.


41 posted on 07/28/2009 3:31:09 PM PDT by ThE_RiPpEr.
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To: SunkenCiv
"Fetch me my axe, dear."

42 posted on 07/28/2009 3:42:44 PM PDT by Hoplite
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To: PeteB570

Went snoozin’ after cruisin’ and wound up losin’ their heads.


43 posted on 07/28/2009 3:46:29 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: SunkenCiv
I guess they were so afraid of those Viking dudes raising from the dead and killing them in their sleep that they cut their heads off just to make sure :o)

Someone que the VIKING KITTYS!

44 posted on 07/28/2009 3:49:00 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (tot)
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To: Deb

The Isle of Man was rediscovered by Vikings; it was already occupied long before that. :’)


45 posted on 07/28/2009 3:57:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Busywhiskers

And they didn’t have panties back then.


46 posted on 07/28/2009 4:01:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Monkey Face

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).


47 posted on 07/28/2009 4:08:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

If I hear “What’s in your wallet?” one more time, I’d do the whole bunch myself with a rusty shovel.


48 posted on 07/28/2009 4:10:46 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: SunkenCiv

bttt


49 posted on 07/28/2009 4:11:25 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Snickering Hound

Thanks!


50 posted on 07/28/2009 4:13:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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