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Researchers stumbled upon a box of human bones that had been missing for 100 years. They may come from Viking-age royalty

Posted On: May 15, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Researchers Charlotte Rimstad and Ulla Mannering with some of the textiles they studied.
Irene Skals/National Museum of Denmark/Antiquity Publications Ltd
Denmark researchers recently stumbled across a box containing human bones from the Viking age.
The remains were thought to have been lost for the last 100 years.
The bones likely belonged to a wealthy man who may have been royal.
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Ulla Mannering and Charlotte Rimstad are used to studying textiles, not bones. Since 2018, they've helped reconstruct Viking-age clothing at the National Museum of Denmark by analyzing fabric from ancient burial sites. But recently, they stumbled across a box of human remains. These weren't your average bones, they quickly realized. "We looked at each other and said, 'OK, we think we have the Bjerringhøj bones actually here,'" Mannering told Insider, referring to bones from the Bjerringhøj burial mound in northern Denmark. The gravesite likely dates back to around 970...

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