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Burial Pit, ca. 960-1020, St. John's College, Oxford

Tuesday, November 12, 2013



beheading-st-johns-burial1) This set of remains (left) displays a number of injuries associated with a violent attack. In addition to blade wounds at the base of the neck indicative of an attempted beheading, the skull and fingers show signs of charring (right), which is consistent with historical accounts of the St. Brice’s Day Massacre.

leg-puncture-wound-st-johns2) A puncture wound on the leg (right) is just one injury visited upon this set of remains (left). The combination of blade wounds and glancing blows to the jaw, shoulder, and pelvis are evidence of a frenzied attack, perhaps with multiple attackers.

blade-wounds-st-johns3) The wounds to this skeleton (left) appear to have been inflicted from behind, as if the victim were running away from his or her attacker(s). There are a number of blade wounds to the back and top of the skull, as well as puncture wounds in the spine (right).



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