Most intriguing of all is the discovery that the stone church was part of the Viking camp fortifications. ‘Given to the Ground’: A Viking Age Mass Grave on Ridgeway Hill, Weymouth. Archaeologists found several Viking warrior graves in 1985, at the east end of St.Wystans Church in Repton. As Ancient Pages reported in November, 2017, a Viking camp dated to the winter of 873-4, have been unearthed by a team of … Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Monograph Series, No. The Repton grave was first found by husband and wife archaeologists Martin Biddle and Birthe Kjølbye-Biddle. By Louise Loe, Angela Boyle, Helen Webb and David Score. So, when archaeologists led by Martin Biddle and Birthe Kjølbye-Biddle excavated a mass grave at St. Wystan's Church in Repton in the 1980s, they expected to find Viking remains. https://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/resolving-repton.htm Viking Army Mass Grave, England Derby Museum and … West of the church stood a small chapel that the Vikings made into a burial chamber. Using radiocarbon dating scientists have examined a mass grave and discovered something gruesome. NARRATOR: Perhaps the mass grave at Repton is at last giving up its secrets. Between 1974 and 1988, they combined excavated the area around St. Wystan’s church in Repton where they found a number of Viking graves and a type of charnel (a mass deposit of bones) under a mound in the vicarage garden. A mass grave of 300 bodies uncovered in Derbyshire could be the burial site of the Viking Great Army's war dead, a new study has found. 300 bodies found in Repton mass grave ‘are Viking warriors’ A MASS grave uncovered in a village may be the burial site of Viking warriors, a study found yesterday. The reason the Repton grave has been such a matter of debate within the archaeological community is that it provides new clarity about the first Viking raiders to reach England. The mass grave was found in the 1980s in Repton, which was a significant royal and ecclesiastical site in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. At the time researchers suggested that it consisted of remains collected over several centuries, but the new study has revealed that all the bones were consistent with a date in the late 9th century. 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