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8/1/2014 (1 year ago)

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Archaeologists say device was created from fallen soldiers at time of Christ's birth

Archaeologists have made a gruesome discovery. The bones of ancient Iron Age warriors around the time of Christ were impaled on wooden stakes in a gruesome religious ritual. Four pelvic bones on a stick were discovered in an archaeological dig in Denmark. Scientists say that the device was used to desecrate the corpses of the troops.

Four pelvic bones on a stick were found at the Dutch site, along with bundles of bones, bones bearing marks of cutting and scraping, and crushed skulls.

Four pelvic bones on a stick were found at the Dutch site, along with bundles of bones, bones bearing marks of cutting and scraping, and crushed skulls.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/1/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Denmark, ancient weapons, religious ritual, desecration


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - These gruesome rituals happened about 2,000 years ago in a major clash between Germanic tribes close to the Danish town of Skanderborg at the edge of the Roman Empire.

Four pelvic bones on a stick were found at the Dutch site, along with bundles of bones, bones bearing marks of cutting and scraping, and crushed skulls.

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Battles in the area were waged when major changes were taking place because the Roman Empire was expanding northwards, which put pressure on the Germanic tribes.

Four pelvic bones on a stick were found at the dutch site, along with bundles of bones, bones bearin

Four pelvic bones on a stick were found at the dutch site, along with bundles of bones, bones bearing marks of cutting and scraping, and crushed skulls.


Wars between the Romans and the Germanic tribes and between the Germanic peoples themselves were the result of this arrangement. Archaeologists have assumed the recent finds at the Alken dig arrived from such an internal conflict.

Discovered by archaeologists two years ago, the 200 dead bodies were thrown into a peat bog near the village of Alken on the Jutland peninsula.

"We have found a wooden stick bearing the pelvic bones of four different men," Professor Mads Kahler Holst, of Aarhus University, said.
 
Bundles of bones, bones bearing marks of cutting and scraping, and crushed skulls were also found at

Bundles of bones, bones bearing marks of cutting and scraping, and crushed skulls were also found at the site.


"In addition, we have unearthed bundles of bones, bones bearing marks of cutting and scraping, and crushed skulls.

"Our studies reveal that a violent sequel took place after the fallen warriors had lain on the battlefield for around six months."

Heinously desecrated before being cast into the lake, the remains of the fallen were gathered together and all the flesh was cleaned from the bones - which were then. Cuts and slashes on the skeletons showed they had died violently.

The warriors

The warriors' bones at the bottom of the water-filled pit which kept them well-preserved were mixed with the remains of slaughtered animals and clay pots that probably contained food sacrifices.


The warriors' bones at the bottom of the water-filled pit which kept them well-preserved were mixed with the remains of slaughtered animals and clay pots that probably contained food sacrifices.

"We are fairly sure this was a religious act," Holst says. "It seems this was a holy site for a pagan religion - a sacred grove - where the victorious conclusion of major battles was marked by the ritual presentation and destruction of the bones of the vanquished warriors."

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