Vikings acquitted in ritual killing

New evidence pertaining to the death of a Viking woman found in a ship burial disputes the earlier belief that the woman was ritually murdered. "We have no reason to think violence was the cause of death," Per Holck, professor of anatomy at Oslo University, told Reuters after studying the two women who died in 834 aged about 80 and 50.

The ship burial was first discovered in 1904, and at the time experts believed that the younger of the two women had been sacrificed to accompany her queen to the afterlife. Tests now show that the woman's injuries had been healing and were not part of a murder.