This reconstruction was requested by Oxford Archaeology, which excavated the site, to supplement a Viking exhibition at the British Museum in London.
Viking Mass Burial
At least 51 decapitated individuals were uncovered in a pit in Weymouth, England, with skulls deposited in a pile and post-cranial skeletons tossed throughout. Various assessments and analyses indicated that the individuals were male, of Scandinavian origin, and predominantly within the age range of 18-25 years. Radiocarbon dates estimated a range of AD 970 to 1025, squarely within the Viking age as raiders pillaged England. Peri-mortem trauma was consistent on each individual: a smooth cut through the cervical vertebrae.