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Warriors' Bones Reveal Bizarre Iron Age Rituals
Live Science ^ | | July 31, 2014 08:16am ET | Stephanie Pappas, Contributor

Posted on 08/01/2014 1:05:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin

The bones of dozens of Iron Age warriors found in Denmark were collected and ritually mutilated after spending months on the battlefield, archaeologists say.

At least six months after the soldiers died, their bones were collected, scraped of remaining flesh, sorted and dumped in a lake. Some were handled in a truly bizarre manner; for instance, four pelvises were found strung on a stick.

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The site of the boneyard is in East Jutland, in a wetland area known as Alken Enge. Drainage work and peat digging have been turning up ancient human remains in this bog for decades, Holst told Live Science.

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Most of the bones are found disarticulated from one another, and many bear the marks of the battlefield: trauma from swords, spears and axes. Spearheads, an ax, the tip of a sword and shields have also been found at the site, Holst said. All of the bodies are male.

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First, many have been gnawed by animals, including large predators such as wolves, dogs and badgers, Holst said. The species present and amount of scavenging suggest the bodies stayed out in the open for at least six months to a year, he said.

After this time, someone collected the corpses and sorted at least some of the bones by type. Marks of cutting and scraping suggest the bones were separated deliberately, and that they had any remaining flesh removed. Animal sacrifices and ceramic pots mixed in with the remains suggest some sort of religious ritual, Holst said. Along with the pelvises strung like beads on a stick, there is evidence that leg bones and thighbones were sorted, too, he said.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: ancientautopsies; denmark; godsgravesglyphs; romanempire
Waited a year to collect their KIAs? Sounds to me like these were the losers, and not the winners
1 posted on 08/01/2014 1:05:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: SunkenCiv

pinnnnn


2 posted on 08/01/2014 1:10:29 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: SteveH

woops, dannnnng keyboard bounnnnnce

:-)


3 posted on 08/01/2014 1:11:53 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: BenLurkin
Waited a year to collect their KIAs? Sounds to me like these were the losers, and not the winners

After the first couple of days without refrigeration, that would be a job no one wanted, win or lose.

4 posted on 08/01/2014 1:21:11 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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A skull of an Iron Age warrior discovered in a bog in Denmark shows signs of battle. Credit: Ejvind Hertz, Skanderborg Museum


Four pelvises strung on a stick were found at Alken Enge in Denmark. Credit: Peter Jensen, Aarhus Universitet

5 posted on 08/01/2014 1:21:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: JimRed

yeah but if they waited a year, be ok to have that job.


6 posted on 08/01/2014 1:23:35 PM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: BenLurkin
four pelvises were found strung on a stickThose whacky Danes...
7 posted on 08/01/2014 2:30:04 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: BenLurkin

I suppose their hands would show the effects from constant or improper dunking ...

8 posted on 08/01/2014 2:57:39 PM PDT by mikrofon (History BUMP)
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To: BigEdLB

Bodies of Sweds I should think.


9 posted on 08/01/2014 3:16:22 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll Onward! Ride to the sound of the guns!)
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To: BigEdLB

Easier to carry to the lake for dumping...


10 posted on 08/01/2014 6:06:57 PM PDT by Does so ("Miranda Warnings" and loss of "Common-Law Marriage" = 2 Big Mistakes...)
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Report: Ancient Roman graveyard found in suburban Copenhagen
IHT | October 10, 2007 | Associated Press / Roskilde Dagblad
Posted on 10/11/2007 2:55:59 PM by SunkenCiv
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11 posted on 08/01/2014 10:55:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SteveH; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks SteveH.


12 posted on 08/01/2014 10:57:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BenLurkin

Sounds to me like these were the losers, and not the winners

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That was my thought, as well.


13 posted on 08/02/2014 4:21:59 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: BenLurkin
Along with the pelvises strung like beads on a stick, there is evidence that leg bones and thighbones were sorted, too, he said.

Mrs. Bronze Age warrior was overheard to say, "I know it's a strange hobby but at least he's not out carousing."

14 posted on 08/02/2014 6:02:42 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: BenLurkin
If you wanted to stop tripping over the bones, what better way than to round them up and dump them somewhere? A bog is a great spot, and somewhere you aren't likely to walk, anyway.

It seems it would be easier to carry a bunch of pelvises on a stick than in a stack, so why not? Leg bones would be easier to carry with other leg bones, and so forth. (Then you could stop tripping over some corpse when you went out to take a leak at night).

15 posted on 08/02/2014 6:08:01 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: BenLurkin; tiamat

I wish tiamat (”Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!”) were here to ‘splain this...


16 posted on 08/02/2014 6:43:51 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: JimRed
After the first couple of days without refrigeration, that would be a job no one wanted, win or lose.

My grandfather arrive in the Philippines shortly after fighting ended there in WWII. His job was to collect bodies that washed up on shore.

My mother said it changed him forever.

17 posted on 08/02/2014 6:53:23 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: BenLurkin

Might also have been a whacko with OCD (the arranged bones) just moved into that area and had to follow his twitch to clean up.


18 posted on 08/02/2014 8:54:51 AM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: Grimmy

Yup.

A “shaman” or “sorcerer” perhaps.


19 posted on 08/02/2014 9:55:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Fascinating. The Danes must have had a lively commerce with Rome for there to be a big enough community to support their own cemetery.


20 posted on 08/06/2014 3:57:13 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

The Roman trade and exilic colonization in the Baltic is finally getting explored and discovered.


21 posted on 08/08/2014 6:45:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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