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Oxford Viking massacre revealed by skeleton find
BBC ^ | Friday, August 12, 2011 | Louise Ord

Posted on 08/14/2011 1:57:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Evidence of a brutal massacre of Vikings in Oxford 1100 years ago has been uncovered by archaeologists.

At least 35 skeletons, all males aged 16 to 25 were discovered in 2008 at St John's College, Oxford...

The bodies had not received any type of formal burial and they had been dumped in a mass grave on the site of a 4,000-year-old Neolithic henge monument...

It is possible that the Oxford skeletons were victims of an event called the St Brice's Day Massacre, recorded in a number of historical sources.

In AD1002, the Saxon king Ethelred the Unready recorded in a charter that he ordered "a most just extermination" of all the Danes in England.

He made the decision after he was told of a Danish plot to assassinate him.

The charter also recorded how on that day, the Danes in Oxford fled to St Fridewides church expecting to find refuge, but instead were pursued by the townspeople, who then set the church on fire.

Radiocarbon dating of the bones indicated that the bodies were dumped between AD960 and AD1020...

Isotope analysis of the bones has shown that the men were eating a diet that was high in seafood...

A similar mass grave was found last year by Oxford Archaeology during work to build the Weymouth relief road.

It was radiocarbon dated to a similar period and again containing only young male victims, indicating that Anglo Saxon violence towards Vikings at the time may have been nationwide.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: ethelred; godsgravesglyphs; vikings
Oxford Viking massacre revealed by skeleton find

Evidence suggests the men were running away from their attackers
Ceri Falys will be talking to Dr Alice Roberts about the bones in a new series of BBC Two's Digging For Britain, to be aired in September

Oxford Viking massacre revealed by skeleton find

1 posted on 08/14/2011 1:57:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; ...

 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.


2 posted on 08/14/2011 1:58:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Such savage behavior - sure am glad we don’t do that sort of thing anymore ...


3 posted on 08/14/2011 2:04:54 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: SunkenCiv

Bloody Vikings...


4 posted on 08/14/2011 2:04:58 PM PDT by null and void (Day 934. The mob is decisive when the law is not.)
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To: SunkenCiv

We’re kind of used to seeing the Vikings get annihilated.


5 posted on 08/14/2011 2:07:17 PM PDT by daler
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To: SunkenCiv

“Ethelred the Unready”????

What a moniker to be stuck with!


6 posted on 08/14/2011 2:19:08 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: daler

Lately, that’s true. :’) I read of some mystification as to the efficacy of the Vikings’ draft picks as well.


7 posted on 08/14/2011 2:25:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

well, unraed in ye olde englishe is ‘ill-advised’.


8 posted on 08/14/2011 2:25:17 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

It’s a commonplace, but it’s a modern misunderstanding I believe — it actually was “Ethelred the Unraed”, meaning “counsel-less”, he made a lot of decisions without either weighing them for very long or consulting with any of his advisors. Pay was probably the same.


9 posted on 08/14/2011 2:32:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

The word “Ready” as it was used then meant counselled or advised. Ethelred’s monicker translated today would mean “evil counsel”, “bad plan” or “folly”. It was not something one would say to the King’s face


10 posted on 08/14/2011 2:35:13 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: SunkenCiv

so now it’s 0bama the Unraed


11 posted on 08/14/2011 2:35:36 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: BenKenobi

Thanks!


12 posted on 08/14/2011 2:37:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Ken522; null and void; bravo whiskey

:’)


13 posted on 08/14/2011 2:38:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: muir_redwoods

Thanks for the education guys! But,,,, still,,,,,,,,


14 posted on 08/14/2011 2:43:48 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Restless natives.
Ethnic cleansing.
15 posted on 08/14/2011 2:51:09 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Reparations for the Vikings, Saxons must pay!!


16 posted on 08/14/2011 2:58:26 PM PDT by sagar
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To: SunkenCiv

Were any identified as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?


17 posted on 08/14/2011 3:04:30 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
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To: BIGLOOK

In that case, the whole massacre was probably antisemitism.


18 posted on 08/14/2011 3:08:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: sagar

40 acres and a mule for every decedent.


19 posted on 08/14/2011 3:14:15 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: sagar

40 acres and a mule for every decedent.


20 posted on 08/14/2011 3:14:15 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: sagar

The paid in advance — the Danegeld.


21 posted on 08/14/2011 3:48:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Sagar the Sorrible?)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

“What a moniker to be stuck with!”

“Obama the Unready”, I like it! n/s


22 posted on 08/14/2011 3:54:02 PM PDT by cameraeye (A happy kuffir!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Beats Boleslas the Chaste...


23 posted on 08/14/2011 4:21:22 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr

....Or Charles the Simple.


24 posted on 08/14/2011 4:27:46 PM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: Ken522

Early Flash Mob?


25 posted on 08/14/2011 6:55:59 PM PDT by pabianice (")
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
"“Ethelred the Unready”????

What a moniker to be stuck with!"

Better that than Obama the POS DOOFUSS!

26 posted on 08/14/2011 9:52:46 PM PDT by FW190
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To: Ken522

When you think about the actual human beings involved, it paints a pathetic picture.

I wonder if we’ll ever get to that point again in this nation - where the “just extermination” of an entire race of people is ordered because of a rumor of a plot against the government.


27 posted on 08/15/2011 4:20:51 PM PDT by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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