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Friday, March 12
by Jessica E. Saraceni
March 12, 2010

 The dozens of decapitated skeletons unearthed in southern England last year were indeed Vikings, according to test results from NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory. “The isotope data we obtained from the burial pit teeth strongly indicate that the men executed on the Ridgeway originated from a variety of places within the Scandinavian countries,” said scientist Jane Evans. The Vikings were probably killed by Anglo-Saxons between 910 and 1030 A.D.   BBC News has more photographs of the headless Vikings.   

Accused archaeological forger Emile Fradin has died in France at the age of 103.  There’s more to his story at The Age.  

A stone structure known as El Porvenir in a remote part of Venezuela could be flooded by a proposed hydroelectric dam. Archaeologist Reina Duran of the Tachira Museum thinks the structure may have been a religious site constructed by the Pregonero people.  

The Archaeological Conservancy purchased the Cavanaugh Mound in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 2006. Plans are being considered to prevent further destruction to the site and to protect it from trespassers.  

One hundred twenty Buddha statues from 35 temples at Luang Prabang in Laos have been stolen.   

Thousands of people are expected to help light a chain of beacons along 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall tomorrow night.

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