Bones of a Viking warrior unearthed in Weymouth, Dorset, UK, have revealed a ferocious secret that would have proven him in battle to be a great fighting warrior.
His remains were found in a large burial pit and it was discovered that Â his two front teeth had been filed with ‘stripes’ to establish his status and make him look more frightening in battle.
Archaeologists examining the viking’s teeth said that the pain the warrior would have gone through without anaesthetic would have caused unbearable pain.
Also discovered in the mass grave were bodies believed to be other young Viking warriors whom were thought to have been executed without mercy after being captured in battle with Anglo-Saxons.
Lead Scientist of oxford Archaeology David Score said:
“It is difficult to say how painful the process of filing teeth may have been, but it wouldn’t have been a pleasant one.
“The incisions have been made very carefully and it is most likely that they were filed by a skilled craftsman.
“The purpose behind filed teeth remains unclear, but, as we know these men were warriors, it may have been to frighten opponents in battle or to show their status as a great fighter.”
In the burial pit were 51 skulls and 54 bodies and it is believed that the remains are dated back to 970 to 1025, which would coincide with the period of terrifying and brutal Viking raids on the Anglo-Saxons that lived in Britain.
This is a very rare and exciting find.