Archaeologists have discovered that Viking skeletons buried beneath Oxford college were the victims of brutal ethnic cleansing 1,000 years ago.
Archaeologists were mystified when they found a mass grave beneath a quadrangle at St John’s College, St Giles, in 2008.
But, after two years of CSI-style detective work, they believe they can pinpoint the exact day in 1002 AD that Danish settlers were rounded up on the streets of Oxford and murdered, before being carted out of the city gates and dumped in a ditch.
Thames Valley Archaeological Services (TVAS) uncovered the archaeology excavations of 34 to 38 young men in March 2008, during excavations for a new college building.
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