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51 Headless Vikings Found in English Execution Pit?
National Geographic ^ | 7/28/09 | James Owen

Posted on 07/28/2009 7:38:47 PM PDT by pissant

Naked, beheaded, and tangled, the bodies of 51 young men—their heads stacked neatly to the side—have been found in a thousand-year-old pit in southern England, according to carbon-dating results released earlier this month.

The mass burial took place at a time when the English were battling Viking invaders, say archaeologists who are now trying to verify the identity of the slain.

The dead are thought to have been war captives, possibly Vikings, whose heads were hacked off with swords or axes, according to excavation leader David Score of Oxford Archaeology, an archaeological-services company.

Announced in June, the pit discovery took place during an archaeological survey prior to road construction near the seaside town of Weymouth (map).

A Mere Flesh Wound

Many of the skeletons have deep cut marks to the skull and jaw as well as the neck. "The majority seem to have taken multiple blows," Score said.

The bodies show few signs of other trauma, suggesting the men were alive when beheaded.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: dorset; godsgravesglyphs; unitedkingdom; vikings
As long as they spared the Cheerleaders....


1 posted on 07/28/2009 7:38:47 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant
Did they have a branch of AIG, over there back then???
2 posted on 07/28/2009 7:42:05 PM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: pissant
Darn good thing Favre decided not to sign with them.
3 posted on 07/28/2009 7:44:00 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: pissant

In those days the Brits knew how to handle illegals landing on their shores


4 posted on 07/28/2009 7:44:32 PM PDT by Larry381 ("in the final instance civilization is always saved by a platoon of soldiers" Oswald Spengler)
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To: Larry381

Now the hordes are beheading them


5 posted on 07/28/2009 7:44:53 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: org.whodat

I’m sure they were cooking the books then too.


6 posted on 07/28/2009 7:45:38 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: 50cal Smokepole

Did he decide to re-re-re-retire again?


7 posted on 07/28/2009 7:47:03 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

All innocent with the exception of the second one from the left. Something about her face scares me (could be that she looks like an ex-girlfriend...the bitch).


8 posted on 07/28/2009 7:47:24 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: pissant

Reminds me of the Battle of Brunanburh, which I memorized when I studied Anglo Saxon poetry.

Aethelstan Cyning, eorla dryhtan, etc.

http://www.dot-domesday.me.uk/brunanburh.htm


9 posted on 07/28/2009 7:49:53 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: pissant
LOL! Yeah. Again. Sigh. (Just wait until October rolls around and a team needs a QB. Favre is like a bad penny.)
10 posted on 07/28/2009 7:49:54 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: pissant
The team hopes chemical analysis of the buried men's teeth will show whether they grew up in Britain or Scandinavia.

Some things never change.

11 posted on 07/28/2009 7:52:48 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("Baldrick, to you the Renaissance was just something that happened to other people, wasn't it?")
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To: pissant
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12 posted on 07/28/2009 7:53:11 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Larry381

Of course, there were many years of “foreign” rule, when either Normans were kings, Saxons, or French. Rather than drive them out, they generally morphed from conquerors into the conquered as years of mixed marriages blended them in and finally they became Britons.


13 posted on 07/28/2009 7:53:22 PM PDT by C210N (A patriot for a Conservative Renaissance!)
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To: pissant

I suspect the explanation will show up in a future installment of Bernard Cornwell’s series of novels about Alfred the Great.


14 posted on 07/28/2009 7:53:23 PM PDT by The Iron Duke (It is entirely proper to scorn this man even in death)
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To: pissant

“Naked, beheaded, and tangled is no way to go through life, son.” [/Dean Wormer]


15 posted on 07/28/2009 7:55:12 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: pissant
Taken out by these guys, no doubt.


16 posted on 07/28/2009 7:55:16 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya see how that turned out?)
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To: pissant

Not the time to lose one's head.
No.
That's not the way to get ahead in life.
No.
It's a shame he wasn't more headstrong.
Hmm.
He'll never be the head of a major corporation. Okay, that'll do.
Okay.

17 posted on 07/28/2009 8:01:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: pissant

Were they in a duffel bag?


18 posted on 07/28/2009 8:02:34 PM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: pissant

Bush’s fault....


19 posted on 07/28/2009 8:06:24 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: pissant

I had heard that the Vikings Coach approved of his team’s execution. (joke stolen from the late John McKay)


20 posted on 07/28/2009 8:23:37 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: pissant

Don’t mess with the Saxons... They are the NFL’s most ruthless team.


21 posted on 07/28/2009 8:43:11 PM PDT by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: pissant

As best I can tell, none of the Vikings (or the Anglo-Saxons either) would have had any problem getting an Hawaiian birth certificate.


22 posted on 07/28/2009 8:50:48 PM PDT by olrtex
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To: stylecouncilor

ping


23 posted on 07/28/2009 8:58:27 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: pissant

In Viking days, even the British had the concept of self defense.


24 posted on 07/28/2009 9:36:23 PM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: pissant

It’ll be interesting to see what the DNA reveals.


25 posted on 07/28/2009 9:46:11 PM PDT by Sparky1776
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To: SunkenCiv

Gory GGG ping


26 posted on 07/28/2009 10:17:29 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: pissant
The start of a long Norwegian tradition that continues today.

Roland was a warrior from the land of the midnight sun
With his Thompson gun for hire, fighting to be done
The deal was made in Denmark on a dark and stormy day
So he set out for Biafra to join the bloody fray

Through ‘66 and 7, they fought the Congo war
With their fingers on their triggers, knee deep in gore
For days and nights they battled the Bantu to their knees
They killed to earn their living and to help out the Congolese

Roland the Thompson gunner
Roland the Thompson gunner

His comrades fought beside him, Van Owen and the rest
But of all the Thompson gunners, Roland was the best
So the CIA decided they wanted Roland dead
That son of a bitch Van Owen blew off Roland's head

Roland the headless Thompson gunner
Time, time, time, for another peaceful war
Norway's bravest son
But time stands still for Roland, ‘til he evens up the score
They can still see his headless body stalking through the night
In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson gun
In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson gun

Roland searched the continent for the man who'd done him in
He found him in Mombassa, in a barroom drinking gin
Roland aimed his Thompson gun, he didn't say a word
But he blew Van Owen's body from there to Johannesburg

Roland the headless Thompson gunner
Roland the headless Thompson gunner
Roland the headless Thompson gunner, talking about the man
Roland the headless Thompson gunner

The eternal Thompson gunner
Still wand’ring through the night
Now it's ten years later, but he still keeps up the fight
In Ireland, in Lebanon, in Palestine and Berkeley
Patty Hearst heard the burst
Of Roland's Thompson gun and bought it

27 posted on 07/29/2009 12:19:52 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Stephen Decatur: you want barrels of gunpowder as tribute, you must expect cannonballs with it.)
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To: pissant


28 posted on 07/29/2009 1:28:51 AM PDT by Daaave ("I was blind, but now I see.")
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To: Sparky1776

forget DNA, the lutefish stench should still be there


29 posted on 07/29/2009 1:30:48 AM PDT by wardaddy (ASAP, as southern as possible.......Sarah Palin, i love you)
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To: pissant

No doubt that this was the result of some early Viking health care bill.


30 posted on 07/29/2009 3:51:12 AM PDT by 41Thunder (Live free or Die...Dammit)
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To: oldvike

I have a different opinion ... all of them are ughh. Look way too slutty, regardless of their clothes or lack thereof.

I wouldn’t bring a single one home to meet my mother.


31 posted on 07/29/2009 4:49:21 AM PDT by tom h
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To: pissant

‘Beheaded ... but Otherwise Healthy’ sounds like a report from an ObamaCare Medical Team.


32 posted on 07/29/2009 4:51:13 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: pissant; Fractal Trader

51 Headless Vikings Found in English Execution Pit?
National Geographic News | July 28, 2009 | James Owen in London
Posted on 07/28/2009 1:34:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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33 posted on 07/29/2009 5:40:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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34 posted on 07/29/2009 5:41:25 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: pissant
"51 Headless Vikings Found in English Execution Pit?"

I just know there is a Great Name for a Rock Band buried somewhere in that title!

I feel very strongly about this...

35 posted on 07/29/2009 5:44:47 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (will work for bailout bonus.... Twitter: maddawggmorgan)
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To: pissant; dighton; aculeus; general_re; L,TOWM; Constitution Day; hellinahandcart
Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam ...


36 posted on 07/29/2009 5:50:14 AM PDT by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: pissant

Headless Vikings Found in Bottomless Pit.


37 posted on 07/29/2009 5:57:45 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: pissant

Early form of British healthcare for immigrants?


38 posted on 07/29/2009 6:03:34 AM PDT by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: BlueLancer

But I don’t LIKE Spam!


39 posted on 07/29/2009 7:28:23 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Eschew exclamatory abuse.)
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To: oldvike

And the one dead center wearing the badger fur hat.


40 posted on 07/29/2009 7:52:50 AM PDT by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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To: oldvike

No you’ve fallen for the “Cheerleader effect”. Individually none of them are hot.


41 posted on 07/29/2009 8:35:12 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (In Soviet Russia, Sarah Palin's house can see YOU)
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To: Oztrich Boy

Neck down, they all are.


42 posted on 07/29/2009 8:37:27 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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