Beheaded skeletons might be victims of royal decree

Dr Britt Baillie, from the University of Cambridge, believes that 54 skeletons discovered in 2009 at Ridgeway Hill in England were Viking mercenaries from the time of Aethelred the Unready. All remains were found beheaded "in an unusual fashion from the front."

Carbon dating showed that the bodies were of Scandinavian origin dating to the 11th century. Baillie believes these were victims of the king's order that "all Danish men living in England be killed on 13 November, St Brice's Day in 1002."