The bones of a 1,200-year-old Viking Queen may help scientists solve the
mystery of a ritual sacrifice.
In 1904, the remains of a Viking queen were discovered in a ship burial in
Oseberg, Norway. The bones were reburied in 1947 along with the answers to a
mystery. Along with the queen were found the remains of a younger woman who was
thought to have been a slave sacrificed to help her mistress through the
afterlife. Now, however, researchers are having second thoughts about this
A team of scientists would like to test the two sets of bones
for relationships between the two women and any signs that they might have died
of the same disease. While ritual sacrifice was sometimes practised by the
Vikings, scientists would like to know if that was really the case with this
particular burial. Researchers hope to get their chance for the tests next
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