Decapitated skeletons may have been Viking raiders

New studies of the recent discovery of 51 decapitated skeletons found in an old quarry at Ridgeway Hill, near Weymouth, England, may show that the young men were captured Viking raiders who were executed and buried in a mass grave.

One theory of the executions pointed to warring Saxon tribes, but David Score, Oxford Archaeology project manager has another idea. "I like the picture of a group of Vikings landing on the coast and perhaps being caught out. There are 50 of them coming inland to raid but then they turn around and there are 200 to 300 locals and they can't get back to their ship."