A failed viking attack?
In 2009 archaeologists found a large pit full of skeletons in Dorset, England dated to 900-1000 AD. In the pit was 54 skeletons and 51 skulls piled up to one of the sides. (The 3 missing skulls perhaps taken as souvenirs?)
Forensic analysis showed that the skeletons were all Scandinavian men in fighting age between 18-25 years old and just a few which were older.
The skeletons shows that they got hacked to death in a gruesome manner by blows to the face, chest etc. by weapons such as swords. The skeletons also shows cuts to the limbs and hands which means that they were trying to defend themselves by putting their arms up to deflect the blows.
The execution is thought to have been hasty and rather chaotic, perhaps in front of an audience.
The reason behind the execution is not known but one theory is that the vikings had left their ship, walked inland, ran into an unusually well-organized body of Saxons, and were most likely forced to surrender.
Another theory is that they were traitors or defectors that got executed by their own.
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