After about 1000 years, two related Vikings – Man – Science and Technology – will meet at the Danish exhibition

After about 1,000 years, the skeletal remains of two Viking relatives will meet at an exhibition at the Danish National Museum. One died in central Denmark, the other was killed in a massacre ordered by a local king in England, the AP reported.

Scientists on both sides of the North Sea have discovered a genetic link between the two Northerners. DNA tests showed that they were “either two half-brothers or a nephew and an uncle,” said Eske Willersley of the University of Copenhagen.

A man from the Danish island of Funen was a farmer who lived to be more than 50 years old. Its skeleton was exhumed by scientists in 2005 near the town of Otterup. He was 182 centimeters tall, had arthritis in almost every bone and signs of inflammation in some ribs, which could indicate tuberculosis, said museum curator Jesper Hansen.

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According to him, the man probably took part in the raids for which the Vikings became famous, because he had an injury in the left pelvis that could have caused a sword stab. The wound could have cost him his life because it had not healed, Hansen explained.

The skeleton of a younger man was found in a mass grave near Oxford in 2008, along with the remains of at least 35 other men. All were killed more than 1,000 years ago when the Anglo-Saxon King Ethelred II. ordered the killing of dozens of Danes who settled in England.

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“He died as a result of massive injuries caused by several types of weapons,” said Lasse Sörensen, head of research at the Danish National Museum. A man’s skull shows signs of at least nine injuries caused by a sword or other sharp object. It is also clear from the skeleton that he was stabbed several times in the back.

The pair of skeletons will be seen by visitors to an exhibition called the Danish Togtet (Raid), which starts on June 26.


Source: Pravda.sk – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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