Iron Age skeletons found alongside animal sacrifices in England, Viking artifacts discovered among costume jewelry in Norway, and a hidden van Gogh uncovered in Scotland.
2,100-Year-Old Human Remains Uncovered In A Macabre Arrangement With Animal Body Parts In Southern England
While unearthing human remains from 100 B.C.E. at a pre-Roman archaeological site in southern England, researchers were shocked to find elaborate arrangements of animal body parts that had been fashioned into disturbing hybrid creatures. “In some pits, animal parts had been placed onto and together with other animals,” one researcher said, “for example we found a cow’s head on the body of a sheep.”
However, because historical records from this time and place are virtually nonexistent, researchers still have little insight into the rituals and beliefs that would have led to a grim display like this one.
Discover the full story behind these unusual finds here.
A Norwegian Woman Bought Some Cheap Costume Jewelry Online — And Found A Gold Viking Ring Mixed In
Mari Ingelin Heskestad, of Norway, recently ordered a batch of cheap costume jewelry online — and got way more than she expected. Among the gaudy baubles, Heskestad noticed a gold ring that turned out to be from the Viking era.
“I noticed that it was so heavy,” Heskestad explained. “It glistened and stood out among the other jewelry. It looked very special.”
Dig deeper in this report.
“Absolutely Thrilling”: Previously Unknown Vincent Van Gogh Self-Portrait Discovered Behind Another Painting
When conservators at the National Galleries of Scotland began a routine X-ray of a Vincent van Gogh painting entitled Head of a Peasant Woman, they didn’t expect to find much. To their delight, they uncovered a forgotten Van Gogh self-portrait on the opposite side.
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