The people of Stavanger, Norway are on a quest to discover the exact year their town was founded. A good starting place may be with the huge collection of human bones dating to the Middle Ages found beneath their cathedral.
Stavanger cathedral was built in 1125, but experts believe that the remains, which appear to have been buried in a mass grave, may come from an earlier era. Many of the skeletons were not buried in a Christian manner, although a lack of grave goods argues against pagan burial. Osteoarchaeologists are studying the bones with hopes of finding a date of origin for the town, as well as clues to the lifestyles lof its people.