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Pictures: Mysterious Viking-era Graves Found With Treasure -- Who Was the Young Warrior?
National Geographic News ^ | Friday, December 16, 2011 | Traci Watson

Posted on 12/17/2011 5:27:43 PM PST by SunkenCiv

The burial ground holds not only a hoard of precious objects but also hints of human sacrifice -- and several dozen graves of a mysterious people with links to both the Vikings and the rulers of the founding states of eastern Europe.

Researchers are especially intrigued by the Young Warrior, who died a violent death in his 20s. The man's jaw is fractured, his skull laced with cut marks. The sword provides further evidence of a martial life.

Objects in the warrior's grave suggest he had ties to one of the region's earliest Slavic monarchs, said the project leader Andrzej Buko, head of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

But the north-south orientation of the man's body is a Scandinavian custom. Slavic graves were oriented east-west, Buko says.

Buried just below the Young Warrior -- probably at the same time -- Buko said-is a woman in her early 20s who may have met a similarly violent end. Though evidence is scanty, Buko guesses she was killed to be buried with the man, "because it's very hard to suppose she died at the same moment as the warrior."

Alongside the warrior is a second woman (right), also in her early 20s. The timing of her death is unclear.

Archaeologists stumbled upon the cemetery, which dates to the late 10th and early 11th centuries, after surveying a highway-construction site near the village of Bodzia, roughly 90 miles (150 kilometers) northwest of Warsaw. The find is reported in this month's issue of the journal Antiquity.

"The best discoveries are not planned, and so it was in this case," Buko said. "Among many other things, we discovered this marvelous cemetery."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; thevikings
Sword at his side, the so-called Young Warrior is among the thousand-year-old discoveries in a newfound cemetery in Poland, a new study says. Photograph courtesy S. Gronek

Who Was the Young Warrior?

1 posted on 12/17/2011 5:27:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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Amulet container -- Photograph courtesy M. Jórdeczka

Who Was the Young Warrior?

2 posted on 12/17/2011 5:33:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: SunkenCiv

interesting!


3 posted on 12/17/2011 5:36:44 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SunkenCiv
The sword provides further evidence of a martial life.

LOL! I thought it said marital when I first read it...

/johnny

4 posted on 12/17/2011 5:37:17 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: SunkenCiv

Conan!

See your enemies driven before you!


5 posted on 12/17/2011 5:37:27 PM PST by piytar (The Obama Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


6 posted on 12/17/2011 5:37:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I guess its very possible in those times that the woman was killed to be buried with the warrior for the afterlife....


7 posted on 12/17/2011 5:39:19 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: muawiyah

Reality Ping

This is about an actual Viking burial - unlike the one you keep fantasizing about happening in 1700.


8 posted on 12/17/2011 5:44:17 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: SunkenCiv

Young Warrior meets Old Viking. They youngling lost;end of story.

The women are another tail, for another day.


9 posted on 12/17/2011 5:46:02 PM PST by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

What an unfortunate homonym, lol.


10 posted on 12/17/2011 5:56:54 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
Oh, dear me! I never noticed that before posting! ;-')
11 posted on 12/17/2011 6:03:06 PM PST by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Could it be the young man was nothing more than a pimp.


12 posted on 12/17/2011 6:07:57 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: SunkenCiv
Buried just below the Young Warrior -- probably at the same time -- Buko said-is a woman in her early 20s who may have met a similarly violent end. Though evidence is scanty, Buko guesses she was killed to be buried with the man, "because it's very hard to suppose she died at the same moment as the warrior." No, actually he was her swordbearer. He was killed to be buried with the woman, the sea serpent got away...
13 posted on 12/17/2011 6:15:46 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: SunkenCiv

14 posted on 12/17/2011 6:47:45 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit)
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To: ApplegateRanch

“The women are another tail....”

You are so BAD, ApplegateRanch!


15 posted on 12/17/2011 6:54:58 PM PST by momtothree
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To: GeronL
Buried just below the Young Warrior -- probably at the same time -- Buko said-is a woman in her early 20s who may have met a similarly violent end. Though evidence is scanty, Buko guesses she was killed to be buried with the man, "because it's very hard to suppose she died at the same moment as the warrior."

I am adding quite a bit of supposition, but if they were a married couple, it is possible that they were killed at the same time, at home, in a raid.

16 posted on 12/17/2011 7:06:27 PM PST by jmcenanly (Things will be better in 2013)
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To: SunkenCiv

My Uncle Ole...


17 posted on 12/17/2011 7:19:55 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: GeronL
I guess the burial scene at the beginning of “13th Warrior” was more accurate than first thought.
18 posted on 12/17/2011 7:20:28 PM PST by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: SunkenCiv
Nat’l Geographic was ruined by lefties a generation ago. So sad. I don't buy anything they say anymore and their cable channel is lame.
19 posted on 12/17/2011 7:44:43 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (Ding! Frog's done!)
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To: SunkenCiv

20 posted on 12/17/2011 8:07:49 PM PST by garjog
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To: Forgotten Amendments; SunkenCiv
National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Old Farmers Almanac, and a few others have all been infiltrated and all my subscriptions to them were cancelled years ago or allowed to expire if they were close enough to the expiry date anyway.

I will not allow leftist propaganda into my home, and no, I do not ever watch TV. Not even Fox.
21 posted on 12/17/2011 8:13:25 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: SunkenCiv

I read the whole thing on National Geo and got to thinking.

Maybe the warrior isn’t just someone close to King Sviatopolk the Accursed. Maybe the body IS Sviatopolk the Accursed.

After all, he was buried in Poland. Nyuk,nyuk,nyuk!


22 posted on 12/17/2011 8:52:57 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: TheOldLady
"National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Old Farmers Almanac"

After having National Geo. in my life for over 40 years, I dropped it about 10 years ago when they cut down stories on mummies and jumped head first into the man-made global warming garbage. They can go to hell.

23 posted on 12/17/2011 9:47:14 PM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Polish State Flag and Civil Ensign

They are SURE that is a Viking? I grew up staring at that Polish eagle.

24 posted on 12/17/2011 10:50:57 PM PST by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: jmcenanly

...it is possible that they were killed at the same time, at home, in a raid.

&&&
My thoughts exactly. When I read his comment “...it’s very hard to suppose she died at the same moment....” it struck me as nonsense.

I certainly am not knowledgeable in this area, so, unless there have been other similar archaeological finds which indicate that the woman was killed to be buried with the man, his comment here makes no sense.


25 posted on 12/18/2011 4:28:53 AM PST by Bigg Red (In this Advent season: Prepare ye the way of the Lord.)
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To: Polynikes
I guess the burial scene at the beginning of “13th Warrior” was more accurate than first thought.

That scene was taken, in rough Hollywood fashion, from an actual account by an Arab ambassador to the Vikings in Ukraine who witnessed such a funeral.

26 posted on 12/18/2011 5:39:57 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Where's he getting these ideas? He's not smart enough to be that stupid all by himself.)
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To: Lockbar
Amen. Or I guess I should respond, "I agree," when someone says, "They can go to Hell."

Regardless, you're right.
27 posted on 12/18/2011 7:50:07 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Explorer89

The eagle came from the Roman legions; the Varangians picked it up because of their service with the eastern remnant of the empire.


28 posted on 12/18/2011 8:23:29 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Try telling that to the little old ladies in their babushkas that I grew up with. :)


29 posted on 12/18/2011 8:41:20 AM PST by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Vikings believed that death was predetermined. It followed one about like a vulture.
30 posted on 12/18/2011 3:33:50 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

Thanks! Can’t really argue the negative of that one. :’)


31 posted on 12/18/2011 5:56:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: SunkenCiv

is this that odd? Harald III spent considerable time in Novgorod before and ofter going to Constantinople, and brought his first wife from there. One wonders if these people were related to his travels in some way.


32 posted on 12/19/2011 7:43:15 AM PST by WoofDog123
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ve read an account of a Viking female slave being sacrificed to be sent off to Valhalla with her master. Supposedly, she volunteered for the honor.


33 posted on 12/19/2011 2:44:04 PM PST by colorado tanker
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