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Skeleton army discovered in Denmark

Posted on Friday, 17 August, 2012 | Comment icon 23 comments | News tip by: BrianPotter

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The remains of several hundred ancient warriors have been found in a bog in the Alken Enge wetlands.

At least 200 warriors dating back 2,000 years are thought to have perished at the site, it is believed that the men were sacrificed as the survivors on the losing side of a battle between two tribes. Among the remains were shields and weapons such as axes, spears and clubs.

"It's clear that this must have been a quite far-reaching and dramatic event that must have had profound effect on the society of the time," said professor Mads Kähler Holst. "We've done small test digs at different places in a 40-hectare (100-acre) wetlands area, and new finds keep emerging."

"The remains of hundreds of warriors have resurfaced from a Danish bog, suggesting that a violent event took place at the site about 2,000 years ago."

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Comment icon #14 Posted by Harlequin Dreamer on 17 August, 2012, 23:12
finds from Illerup Ådal - warriors from all areas of modern day Sweden and Norway sailed to Denmark and were beaten by the locals, who deposited the items taken from the beaten enemies in the lake. Thats a very celtic tradition
Comment icon #15 Posted by Junior Chubb on 17 August, 2012, 23:16
I painted a Warhammer Skeleton army when I was younger, I wonder were they are now? As for the article, I couldn't put it any better than the immortal King Fluffs... Interesting.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Likely Guy on 17 August, 2012, 23:37
Apparently they give tours of the site on Thursdays. I'd love to go there! Maybe that's also why people don't like to go on holidays with me. U.K. and Ireland. Itinerary: Manmade piles of rocks and burial sites. Mexico. Itinerary: Manmade piles of rocks and burial sites. /is that weird?
Comment icon #17 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 18 August, 2012, 0:08
Apparently they give tours of the site on Thursdays. I'd love to go there! Maybe that's also why people don't like to go on holidays with me. U.K. and Ireland. Itinerary: Manmade piles of rocks and burial sites. Mexico. Itinerary: Manmade piles of rocks and burial sites. /is that weird? Only if you are leaving your friends there.
Comment icon #18 Posted by csspwns on 18 August, 2012, 2:49
tats sooooooo creeeeeepy i shouldnt have viewed the pics on google images im so stupid here comes another night of nightmares
Comment icon #19 Posted by Harlequin Dreamer on 18 August, 2012, 3:10
I wonder if they have found any skeleton keys yet .
Comment icon #20 Posted by Lady Annabella on 18 August, 2012, 4:32
very interesting find can not wait for more news about it !
Comment icon #21 Posted by ufonuts on 18 August, 2012, 4:41
I have a feeling this had to do with Aliens!
Comment icon #22 Posted by Device on 18 August, 2012, 6:50
Cool. Skeleton Army.
Comment icon #23 Posted by poetofsheba on 18 August, 2012, 7:36
Thats a very celtic tradition Well Europe has always had a very high exchange of culture and traditions between tribes and people. Generally it's suggested that Proto-Celtic and Celtic populations originated from central/eastern Europe around Hallstatt (the Hallstatt culture ca 800BC-450BC and the La Tene culture) and in its eastern zones. Northern Germany and Scandinavia had a very high exchange of culture with Hallstatt particularly in the pre-roman iron-age (in Scandinavia around 500BC-1AD) -- so there was definitely some cultural exchange and influences to Scandinavia AND from Scandinavia.... [More]

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