Two Vikings reunited after a thousand years at a Danish museum


Two Vikings reunited after a thousand years at a Danish museum

Friday – 1 Dhu al-Qi’dah 1442 AH – 11 June 2021 AD Issue No. [

The two skeletons in the National Museum of Denmark (Reuters)

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DNA mapping of skeletons from the Viking Age (8th to 12th centuries) has enabled archaeologists to determine by chance that two Viking warriors are related, and the two were reunited yesterday at the National Museum of Denmark after being separated for a thousand Year.
There is a historical consensus that the Danish Vikings invaded Scotland and England since the late eighth century, and one of them died a thousand years ago in England, in his twenties, from head injuries, and was buried in a mass grave in Oxford, while the other died in Denmark in his fifties, carrying His skeleton had traces of blows that indicated his participation in battles.
The Oxfordshire Museum in Britain lent 150 bones to the Danish Museum for three years, and during the studies conducted on them, researchers discovered the kinship between the warrior whose skeleton is found in the Danish Museum, and one of the warriors whose skeleton is found among the remains from England.
Two Danish museum researchers spent more than two hours on Wednesday assembling the skeleton of the man in his twenties from the newly-arrived remains of the museum from Oxford, to be displayed next to his relative in the museum.1
“This is a great discovery because you can now trace movements through space and time through a family,” said Janet Varberg, an archaeologist at the National Museum of Denmark, in a report published by Agence France-Presse yesterday.
She adds: “The younger man may have been killed in a Viking raid, but there is also a theory that they (the skeletons in the mass grave) were victims of a royal decree by the English King Ethelred II, who in 1002 AD ordered the killing of all Danes in England. ».
It is very rare to find skeletons linked together, and while the two have been confirmed to be close, Varberg asserts, it is “impossible to determine the exact connection between them, perhaps they were half-brothers, grandfather and grandson, or uncle and nephew.”





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