Viking isotope dating

The team also worked closely with local groups, including the Repton Historical Society, and continue to work with Derby Museum on the interpretation and classification of the artefact material from the original excavations.

Using new radiocarbon dates and modern isotope data to account for marine food consumption, Cat’s research has revealed that the remains do, in fact, all fit a date of 873 after all and are therefore completely consistent with a burial of Viking battle dead.The Bristol team located a path linking their workshop area and the charnel house, further strengthening the link between the two.The excavations also help highlight the real conditions behind the Viking invasion of England, recently popularised by dramas such as (BBC).The remains were placed in a deliberately damaged Saxon building along with Viking weapons and artefacts.The building also contained evidence of use as a workshop by the Vikings before it was converted into a charnel house.

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