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Does this skull belong to a soldier of the Battle of Hastings? 1,000-year-old remains found...
Daily Mail ^ | 5-22-14 | Sarah Griffiths

Posted on 05/22/2014 7:01:56 PM PDT by Pharmboy

Full headline: Does this skull belong to a soldier of the Battle of Hastings? 1,000-year-old remains found near famous battlefield reveal man was hacked six times in the head from behind

Remains were found Lewes, East Sussex - around 20 miles from the famous battlefield - on the site of a medieval hospital

They belong to a 45-year-old-man who took six sword blows to the top of his head before dying

Scientists used radio carbon dating to conclude that the man was probably involved in fighting at the time of the Norman invasion

They think he was likely British because of the way he was buried

No bones have previously been recovered of anyone who fought and died in the battle of 1066 and experts are excited by the discovery

The skull forms part of a skeleton that was first dug up in 1994 during excavations in Lewes, East Sussex - around 20 miles from the famous battlefield.

Bones were originally sent to experts at the University of York as part of preparations to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes.

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


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: 1066; ancientautopsies; battlehastings; battleofhastings; battleofsenlac; dbcooperfound; eastsussex; godsgravesglyphs; jimmyhoffafound; lewes
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Quite a find, but hard to prove.
1 posted on 05/22/2014 7:01:56 PM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: SunkenCiv

Hastings was a tough day for this Brit.


2 posted on 05/22/2014 7:02:37 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy
who took six sword blows to the top of his head before dying

That is an official 'bad hair' day. Ouch.

/johnny

3 posted on 05/22/2014 7:04:29 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Pharmboy

but they still haven’t found the bullet that killed Vince Foster......


4 posted on 05/22/2014 7:12:43 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Pharmboy

How much different this battle would have been if there were formations of gays and women...


5 posted on 05/22/2014 7:12:56 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Gives a new meaning to blow me.


6 posted on 05/22/2014 7:17:26 PM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: SunkenCiv

If it had a arrow through the eye — it could have been Harold.


7 posted on 05/22/2014 7:17:57 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Pharmboy

“six blows to the top of the head”

He was pretty well smitten. Smited? Smote?
(”Stay down Henry, you stubborn git!”)
Smatted?


8 posted on 05/22/2014 7:36:04 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Pharmboy

6 whacks w a sword?!?!

If not for the evidence of the damage to the skull I would have suggested wimpy swordsman...but...DAMN!


9 posted on 05/22/2014 7:43:49 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: G Larry

Mama. I think my head hurts!


10 posted on 05/22/2014 7:50:15 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound
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To: tumblindice

“Ay’m not dead yet!”


11 posted on 05/22/2014 7:53:37 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: G Larry

“Merely a flesh wound...”


12 posted on 05/22/2014 7:54:16 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy

“Its only a flesh wound.”


13 posted on 05/22/2014 7:54:20 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Pharmboy

aargh!

4 seconds!


14 posted on 05/22/2014 7:55:12 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: G Larry

HA! Only four seconds separate geniuses...


15 posted on 05/22/2014 7:55:53 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy
It certainly demonstrates the violence of the period.

The Wars of the Roses were just as nasty.

16 posted on 05/22/2014 7:56:38 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: G Larry

The guy was faking it.


17 posted on 05/22/2014 7:57:10 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Pharmboy
man was hacked six times in the head from behind

Must have been a government worker who committed suicide.

-PJ

18 posted on 05/22/2014 7:57:34 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Pharmboy; MeshugeMikey; Jane Long; crosslink; RitaOK; xzins; All

Workplace violence was cutting edge, even back then.


19 posted on 05/22/2014 8:02:52 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Pharmboy
They think he was likely British because of the way he was buried

The fact that it took six blows to the head to kill him means he was probably a Scot.
20 posted on 05/22/2014 8:12:30 PM PDT by ComputerGuy (BS, MS, PhD and a BMF besides)
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To: Pharmboy

Fetchez la vache!


21 posted on 05/22/2014 8:12:52 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
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To: Pharmboy
All Iknow Alex...’’is my best guess is 1066.,Do your own DD
22 posted on 05/22/2014 8:15:45 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Graewoulf

Thar wuz Mooselims at Hastings?


23 posted on 05/22/2014 8:25:30 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: cherry

Finding that bullet might take til 2993...


24 posted on 05/22/2014 8:26:31 PM PDT by elteemike (Light travels faster than sound...That's why so many people appear bright until you hear them speak!)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Nope, just my Ancestors.

Well, the ones that survived to fight another day.

Workplace violence was prevalent that day. Uff Dah!


25 posted on 05/22/2014 8:41:29 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

Id be more than willing to Join The New Crusade ..if that becomes necessary!!


26 posted on 05/22/2014 8:43:15 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Pharmboy

How far is this from King Harald’s battle with Harald Hardrada at Stamford Bridge?


27 posted on 05/22/2014 8:50:20 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Graewoulf

I wonder if he was wearing a hardened leather helm?
Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx1066xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

I’ve got the 1966 National Geographic issue about Hastings, the one with the Bayeaux Tapestry in it.

Hurrah Harold Godwinson—— a real leader! Not like our current rodents.


28 posted on 05/22/2014 8:55:08 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Pharmboy; Daffynition; Tax-chick

29 posted on 05/22/2014 9:01:19 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

"The skeleton, which bears the marks of battle, was found in Lewes, around 20 miles from the famous battlefield, thought to be located in Battle, East Sussex"
30 posted on 05/22/2014 9:03:43 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: BenLurkin
If it had a arrow through the eye — it could have been Harold.

Or Moe Green.

31 posted on 05/22/2014 9:06:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ezekiel

32 posted on 05/22/2014 9:13:20 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Pharmboy

Battlefield at Hastings (or more accurately, near Hastings) from the north as it appears today.

33 posted on 05/22/2014 9:14:22 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

The site where King Harold II died. The inscription says:
"The traditional site of the High Altar of Battle Abbey founded to commemorate the victory of Duke William on 14 October 1066. The high altar was placed to mark the spot where King Harold died."

Behind the abbey ruins, the battlefield.

Harold's body was later moved to Waltham Abbey in Essex.

Photo taken by Néstor Daza

34 posted on 05/22/2014 9:17:30 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy

To any freepers have any British ancestry whatsoever: you’re probably looking at the skull of a direct ancestor. And the only reason I say “probably” is we don’t know if the dead gentleman had kids. If he had a few kids, it goes up to a sure thing.

So sue someone for dishonoring the bones of your ancestor!


35 posted on 05/22/2014 9:18:05 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Our man in washington
To any freepers have any British ancestry whatsoever: you’re probably looking at the skull of a direct ancestor.

We know the skull is British because of the bad teeth.

36 posted on 05/22/2014 9:18:44 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MeshugeMikey

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37 posted on 05/22/2014 9:22:33 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

IIRC the English army had to hump it around 220 miles from Stamford Bridge to Hastings. I believe——guess-——that the bridge was the site of an old Roman structure.

I have long wondered what the heck happened to all the leftover Norse ships that they could not man any more. Have never seen anyone address that.

Kind of weird that Harald and Harold were both slain by archers.


38 posted on 05/22/2014 9:23:46 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Rockpile
IIRC the English army had to hump it around 220 miles from Stamford Bridge to Hastings.

Wow, I had no idea Chelsea FC's stadium was so old.

39 posted on 05/22/2014 9:24:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: G Larry

Even Lizzie Borden gave 40 whacks!


40 posted on 05/22/2014 9:27:05 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: Pharmboy

The Saxons had long handled Axes, the Normans swords. The Normans were mounted the Saxons afoot. The wounds imply he was a Saxon Brit—Not a Norman. These wounds were inflicted when he may have been wearing a helmet too! My ancestor was a Norman knight who fought at Hastings. 45 years old implys he was a noble—peassants didn’t live that long and stay in shape for battle.


41 posted on 05/22/2014 9:40:49 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Pharmboy

He better get that thing looked at.


42 posted on 05/22/2014 9:48:21 PM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: Pharmboy

That guy had one bad splitting headache.


43 posted on 05/22/2014 9:57:30 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: minnesota_bound
Here is Swiss Protestant Reformer Ulrich Zwingli's helmet, in which he died. The other side of it has a big crack in it....evidently from a sword. I've seen this helmet in a museum in Zurich....only recently returned there, from possession from the victors.

Accounts have him surviving a battle near Lucerne lost against the Catholics (he was a military Chaplain) to be found wounded. They demanded he recant, and when he would not....they murdered him.

44 posted on 05/22/2014 11:17:06 PM PDT by AnalogReigns (Real life is ANALOG!)
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To: Pharmboy

I recall seeing a documentary about the discovery of a bunch of HEADLESS skeletons they found near the coast in south west England. The skulls were nearby in a pit....so evidently all these men were all executed by beheading—around AD 1000. The scientists were able to discern the sword or axe wounds were from strokes from the FRONT, not the back, so these guys saw themselves get beheaded...perhaps by choice, upright and kneeling.

Mineral tests of the bones proved they were Scandinavian....and accounts of skirmishes with Vikings are common in this part of England. 100 skeletons were found....and Viking ships typically held 50....so this was 2 ships of Viking raiders, caught, and dispatched immediately...probably for piracy (and just viking...).

A couple of skulls were missing, from which the historians assumed were probably put on pikes near the pit where the bodies were buried (on top of a hill), as a gruesome warning to others.....


45 posted on 05/22/2014 11:38:08 PM PDT by AnalogReigns (Real life is ANALOG!)
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To: Pharmboy

I clicked on this partly to see if archaeologists thought he was British because... of tea-stained teeth.

1066 was a pretty rough year for many of the English, probably none more so than this man.


46 posted on 05/23/2014 3:19:36 AM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: Graewoulf



47 posted on 05/23/2014 7:25:39 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Obama:

* “I am soooo OVER wearing Michelle’s Mom Jeans!”

* “Holder let me borrow his Contempt of Congress dude suit.”

* “Do you think it makes me look fat?”

* “Reggie Love asked me to wear this later tonight.”

* “The colors? Well, I am half Black.”


48 posted on 05/23/2014 7:51:09 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Pharmboy

“who took six sword blows to the top of his head before dying”

It it was a suspicious death of someone involved in a democrat political scandal the coroner would rule it a suicide.


49 posted on 05/23/2014 8:00:13 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Graewoulf
Youre Cookin WIth Gas This Morning!!!

* “Reggie Love asked me to wear this later tonight.”

theyre all good

this come to think of it may be the best:

"* “The colors? Well, I am half Black.”"



Imagine Sharpton and Holder and Obama ......Rooming together....at GITMO!!!
50 posted on 05/23/2014 8:07:15 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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