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Monday, 5 February 2018
This Mass Grave May Belong to 'Great Viking Army'
Bones are yielding new clues about the massive, mysterious Viking forces that invaded England.
A photo taken at a 1982 excavation of the gravesite shows remains from what may belong to the Great Viking Army.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARTIN BIDDLE
For years, archaeologists were stumped. What happened to the Great Viking Army, a massive force that seized great swaths of England in the 9th century but left barely a trace? Archaeologists now report that a mass grave in England may contain nearly 300Viking warriors—the only remains of the Great Viking Army’s warriors ever found.Archaeologists first uncovered the burial site in the 1980s, in Derbyshire, England, and thought it might contain remains from the Great Viking Army, also known the Great Heathen Army. But there was one problem—radiocarbon dating of the site revealed that the remains were too old to be Viking invaders. Read the rest of this article...