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Beheaded Vikings found at Olympic site
CNN ^ | March 12, 2010 | Melissa Gray

Posted on 03/12/2010 5:09:48 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

London, England (CNN) -- 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 workers 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.


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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: 2012olympic; beheading; dorset; godsgravesglyphs; london; unitedkingdom; vikings
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1 posted on 03/12/2010 5:09:48 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Brett Favre looking for more attention?


2 posted on 03/12/2010 5:13:26 PM PST by Batman11 (Sarah Palin: "Illegal immigrants are called illegal for a reason!")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

what are viking teeth like?


3 posted on 03/12/2010 5:16:56 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I guess their team came in second place. No medals for you, Vikings!


4 posted on 03/12/2010 5:17:11 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So, how is it that you can check the teeth of someone speaking Old West Gothic and tell that he’s a Viking rather than an Angle?


5 posted on 03/12/2010 5:18:23 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The same thing would have happened if the Olympics were being held in Chicago.


6 posted on 03/12/2010 5:18:45 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("We can't control nature" - Barack Obama, Feb 27, 2010)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Always fascinated by this stuff


7 posted on 03/12/2010 5:19:03 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Question Liberal Authority

ROFL!


8 posted on 03/12/2010 5:19:41 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: count-your-change

Those 1012 Olympics were pretty tough!


9 posted on 03/12/2010 5:19:46 PM PST by mikrofon (Thor's Hammer throw?)
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To: muawiyah

The article actually explains all that. Did you read it?


10 posted on 03/12/2010 5:20:22 PM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Fifty-one Vikings...just stood there and took the blow to the head (what they kinda suggest)? It’s hard for me to buy this story. Vikings would have fought to the end...unless they screwed up something and took the blame for failure, perhaps?

Or were they drunk Vikings and someone simply did them all end at the conclusion of the party?


11 posted on 03/12/2010 5:20:23 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"To find out that the young men executed were Vikings is a thrilling development . . ."

One sentence in need of context.

12 posted on 03/12/2010 5:20:31 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ll bet they really pissed someone off.....


13 posted on 03/12/2010 5:20:50 PM PST by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They were my ancestors, where is my reparations??


14 posted on 03/12/2010 5:20:57 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft
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To: Bringbackthedraft

btt


15 posted on 03/12/2010 5:22:10 PM PST by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: pepsionice

51 beheaded corpses suggests that they probably voted with Harry Reid for reconciliation.


16 posted on 03/12/2010 5:23:11 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("We can't control nature" - Barack Obama, Feb 27, 2010)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Mine also. In fact, I’m descending from Vikings, Blacks, Jews, Irish, Yankees who died in the Civil War, etc. I figure I’m owed a whole lot of money by a lot of people.


17 posted on 03/12/2010 5:23:41 PM PST by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: muawiyah
Regional diet can wear teeth differently, and there might be a genetic marker or bite “tell” that's hereditary.
18 posted on 03/12/2010 5:24:00 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Amazing stuff.


19 posted on 03/12/2010 5:25:56 PM PST by Gator113 (I do not want Obama IMPEACHED... I want him IMPRISONED. Are we there yet? 2010-2012)
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To: Batman11

No, jihad started early.


20 posted on 03/12/2010 5:26:26 PM PST by RichInOC ("In the name of Allah, The Inexorable, The Irresistible...")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Kitties?
Hope not.


21 posted on 03/12/2010 5:26:45 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"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."

Ah, life was so idyllic back then.

22 posted on 03/12/2010 5:28:32 PM PST by StormEye
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To: muawiyah; mamelukesabre

Strontium isotope composition of teeth and other skeletal elements can be used to identify the geographic region that an animal or human inhabited, because different regions tend to have distinct Sr isotope compositions, and natural variations in the relative abundance of Sr isotopes are not changed as Sr is processed through the food chain. Therefore, an organism that ingests Sr from one region can have a Sr isotope composition that is different than that of an organism that ingests Sr from another region.


23 posted on 03/12/2010 5:29:09 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: Free ThinkerNY
http://threekeywords.com/quotes/2009/11/cremation-of-a-viking-chieftain-more-than-just-fire-in-a-boat

Vikings not only practices barbaric human sacrifice, they were one of the first to enthusiastically embrace Christianity.

People forget that people became Christian for a REASON... not only the person of Jesus Christ, it also freed them from horrible religions.

24 posted on 03/12/2010 5:29:14 PM PST by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Weren’t Muslims around about that time.. and in fact were the cause for the Dark Ages.. Burning the Alexandria library etc.


25 posted on 03/12/2010 5:30:16 PM PST by Track9 (New recruiting tool - Suicide hotlines now go through Pakistani phone bank.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
So the Norman conquest of Great Britain was a war of revenge?

Interesting.

26 posted on 03/12/2010 5:31:12 PM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Read.

Isotope analysis of teeth can reveal clues about a person’s drinking water, and in turn the climate they came from, said Jane Evans, an isotope geochemist at the survey.

“What we found was all of these guys came from a climate that had to be colder than Britain ... probably Sweden and Norway,”


27 posted on 03/12/2010 5:31:44 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: sonofagun
Oh!

So the Normans were French and not Vikings!

My bad!

28 posted on 03/12/2010 5:33:57 PM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: La Lydia

Also found this article:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/02/0203_060203_viking_teeth.html
Says that vikings filed their teeth for ‘beautification’. Not stated in the article being commented on, but interesting bit of information.


29 posted on 03/12/2010 5:34:15 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Aw....thank you so very, very, very much!


30 posted on 03/12/2010 5:36:56 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: antceecee

Looks like they had a particularly brutal orthodontists! Been there, done that. The ancient Maya used to file theirs to points, and inset turquoise and jade stones, just like our rap stars inset their teeth with diamonds.


31 posted on 03/12/2010 5:37:53 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

sounds all fine and dandy but the article says one individual has the composition of someone from north of the arctic circle.

That’s BS! there’s never been vikings from north of the arctic! That’s saami land and eskimo land and samoyed land.

no vikings.


32 posted on 03/12/2010 5:38:29 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: pepsionice
Fifty-one Vikings...just stood there and took the blow to the head (what they kinda suggest)? It’s hard for me to buy this story. Vikings would have fought to the end...unless they screwed up something and took the blame for failure, perhaps?

Whatever the story is, I'm sure it would be an interesting read. I'm wondering about them being somehow taken prisoner, and were executed all together. No heads found? would suggest the heads were sent someplace else. Someone sending a message I suppose?

33 posted on 03/12/2010 5:41:27 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: pepsionice

I’m thinking they died in battle and someone dragged the dead to a pit afterwards to clean up the battle field. If you read the article, is states that they had multiple sword injuries throughout their bodies.


34 posted on 03/12/2010 5:41:29 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

Strontium isotopes don’t lie. Maybe that non-Viking guy was tagging along with the Vikings. Occam’s Razor.


35 posted on 03/12/2010 5:43:53 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Ornamentation of teeth and body parts that we once viewed as primitive has become attractive as a “statement” today. I would have never thought it could be - growing up when we saw movies of primitive customs such as these we all pretty much looked at it as ignorant.


36 posted on 03/12/2010 5:44:19 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Hey, bringback, they were my ancestors too. I’m with you here. I don’t esp like that they were dug up, frankly, and I want MY reparations. I suspect they could tell they were Vikings because of the genetic material — ie the Berzerker Gene. Which is alive and well, is it not?


37 posted on 03/12/2010 5:45:29 PM PST by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: Ramius

they had the teeth. Therefore they had the heads.


38 posted on 03/12/2010 5:46:12 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Psycho_Bunny; EST
""One guy had such a signature of such a cold climate that he probably came from above the Arctic Circle." ~ which pretty well means HE WAS NOT an Indo-European.

At the time this guy lived (probably 900 AD) the Vikings, meaning Old West Gothic speaking people, were just then learning to scale up the boat hull they'd discovered in Lapland ~ which made it possible to sail in Arctic and North Atlantic Waters in the open sea.

I'd say right off hand that the guy with the far North guy wasn't Indo-European at all ~ but rather was a Sa'ami

What that means to me is the folks doing the tooth analysis forgot they are dealing with a "race" which had been living separate from other Europeans in that region for about 15,000 years and had developed some rather striking differences.

Among them were the "teeth". A Finnish study found that Skolt Sa'ami were missing 18% of their adult teeth simply because they never formed. You can find several references to this under articles containing the expression"dental displasia". Seems to me that just counting teeth would have clued them in to that one individual's identity.

It's possible these studies haven't yet caught up to anthropologists though.

39 posted on 03/12/2010 5:46:28 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: antceecee

Next: large animal bones through the noses of people working at Starbucks and the Apple store.


40 posted on 03/12/2010 5:46:31 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"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.

My guess is that they were in congress at the time and tried to pass their version of universal HC. /sarc

41 posted on 03/12/2010 5:47:00 PM PST by WHBates
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They probably did a lot of damage (raping & pillaging)to the native folks there to earn their grizzly fate.


42 posted on 03/12/2010 5:47:21 PM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Lutefisk 2009 Pictures, Images and Photos

That's what happens when you keep pushing that lutefisk on people...

43 posted on 03/12/2010 5:48:08 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: La Lydia

Here’s the deal. according to you, the isotopes accumulate in the teeth due to diet, correct?

Therefore, how do you geographically locate a person who’s diet is mainly meat? Meat travels. especially meat that lives in the ocean.

AHA! didn’t think of that did ya girlie!


44 posted on 03/12/2010 5:48:49 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Did they have STD’s? How tall were they? Vikings are famous for sharing all with those whom they conquered and/or visited!


45 posted on 03/12/2010 5:49:05 PM PST by True Republican Patriot (May GOD Continue to BLESS Our Great President George W. Bush!!)
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To: muawiyah

see my post 44


46 posted on 03/12/2010 5:50:15 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre
they had the teeth. Therefore they had the heads.

Doh! Of course. It's looking like the battlefield-cleanup angle makes sense.

47 posted on 03/12/2010 5:51:39 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: La Lydia

Kind of goes with the large rings they are putting through their ear lobes!


48 posted on 03/12/2010 5:52:20 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: La Lydia
It's very likely the guy who wasn't a Viking designed their boat and may have kept it in condition.

Bet he could hunt seal much better than the others too!

I think I predicted this a couple of years ago ~ that we'd eventually find evidence that Vikings took one or two Sa'ami with them ~ which would 'splain nicely how some peculiarly Sa'ami genes did a major "break out" in Europe in the 900s.

49 posted on 03/12/2010 5:53:30 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: Snickering Hound

LOL... oh, man... My grandma used to make that stuff.

Loved the lefse, and the pastries, but the lutefisk... lord, you could smell it two blocks before you got to the house.


50 posted on 03/12/2010 5:54:31 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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