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Viking mass grave linked to elite killers of the medieval world

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Viking mass grave linked to elite killers of the medieval world

Post by Rowan » Wed January 25th, 2012, 4:32 pm

A crew of Viking mercenaries – some of the fiercest and most feared killers in the medieval world – could be the occupants of a mysterious mass grave in the south of England, according to a new theory.

The intriguing hypothesis is being put forward in a documentary, Viking Apocalypse, which will premiere on National Geographic UK on Wednesday, 25 January, and attempts to piece together the identities of a group of men who were apparently the victims of a horrific mass execution around the turn of the 11th century.
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Post by parthianbow » Thu January 26th, 2012, 11:32 am

Thanks for the link, Rowan. Sounds like a typical 'sexed up' title for an archaeologist to get the grant he needs. The things they have to come up with nowadays! Surely it's exciting enough that there were 50 headless bodies without calling them "elite killers"?

I would assume it's the same headless bodies as in this thread:

http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/ ... php?t=3140
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Post by Ken » Thu January 26th, 2012, 12:12 pm

[quote=""parthianbow""]Thanks for the link, Rowan. Sounds like a typical 'sexed up' title for an archaeologist to get the grant he needs. The things they have to come up with nowadays! Surely it's exciting enough that there were 50 headless bodies without calling them "elite killers"?

I would assume it's the same headless bodies as in this thread:

http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/ ... php?t=3140[/quote]

I have read somewhere that they were decapitated from the front! In other words they stood to watch the executioner to demonstrate their courage. :eek:

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Post by Madeleine » Thu January 26th, 2012, 4:16 pm

[quote=""Ken""]I have read somewhere that they were decapitated from the front! In other words they stood to watch the executioner to demonstrate their courage. :eek: [/quote]

Yes I read this too :eek: :eek:
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