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Possible Remains Of The Viking Great Army Found

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  1. The_Historian

    The_Historian Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    Remember watching a programme on this era at Primary School, and wanted to find out more ever since.
    "A mass grave of 300 bodies uncovered in Derbyshire could be the burial site of the Viking Great Army's war dead, a new study has found.
    The mass grave was found in Repton in the 1980s and dating techniques at the time suggested it consisted of bones collected over several centuries.
    But now, researchers believe all the bodies date to the ninth century, meaning they could be the mutilated remains of the Viking force that drove out the King of Mercia.
    Among the bones are Viking weapons and artefacts, including an axe, several knives, and five silver pennies dating to the period 872 to 875 A.D.
    Archaeologists have also found four sacrificial remains to accompany the warriors into the afterlife.
    At the time it would have been on the banks of the River Trent.
    Historical records state the Viking Great Army wintered in Repton in 873 AD and drove the Mercian king into exile to Paris.
    Now new research by the University of Bristol's Department of Anthropology and Archaeology found the bones are all consistent with a date in the late 9th century."
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