ARCHEOLOGISTS FIND MASS MURDER SCENE, UNTOUCHED FOR 1,500 YEARS
I had no idea that archeology could be so gangster! A site in Sweden is the source of much dismay. But there’s excitement too. A recent study was just published in the journal Antiquity. It’s a thorough reminder just how dark and dangerous the early Middle Ages really were. Sure, we enjoy depictions like A Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian and even the post-apocalyptic Mad Max. But reality was just as brutal and harsh. The study gave details of what was found at Sandby-Borg. It was a 5th Century fort, lying on the shoreline of Öland island. The fort used to be a lively place, filled with dozens of homes. But someone came, they saw and they brutally killed everyone there. Men, women and children. Then they left the place untouched. No pillage. Livestock left to starve in their pens. 1,500 years of a mass murder mystery.
LOCALS SAID BURIED FORT WAS DANGEROUS, HAUNTED
This happened more than 1,500 years in the past. But the site is still regarded as a dangerous place to visit. Locals even told archeologists not to go, and definitely not to dig. But they have no idea why. The sense of a curse has lasted an aeon, but not why. And definitely not who. But so far only a limited amount has been uncovered. But the site was left pristine, untouched since the mass murder. The marauders killed the people and left them where they fell dead. The elements slowly destroyed the structures above them, which dirt eventually covered over. It may be the most pristine crime scene in history.
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10 PERCENT OF SITE REVEALED SO FAR, UNSPEAKABLE MURDER SCENE
Today the site is not recognizable as anything like a fort. It looks like a big green mound with rocks all around it. But what lies beneath should prove to continue to be a disturbing testament to the horrors men can do, and did do. But what happened? We don’t know. The fort used to have walls 16 feet high. But they were no protection to the raid that killed all the people who lived there. So far researchers have only explored a tenth of the site.
Researchers have worked for three years processing just that so far. They’ve found 26 bodies so far. All of them uncovered and laying where they fell dead. Some we now know died instantly. Others took some time to die. Archeologists found half eaten meals in the homes. These poor sods never knew what hit them.
KILLERS LEFT TREASURE BEHIND, ANIMALS TO STARVE AFTER KILLING ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE
But despite the time that has passed, no one has disturbed the seemingly cursed site. Gold Roman coins, jewelry and other riches were all left by the murderers. It’s as if someone wanted these people simply erased. Which is just what they did.
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Who knows what the next 90% of the site will reveal? It will be rich with artifacts, and with our knowledge of the mass killing that happened there.