The Ridgeway Vikings: New research and findings | Dr Heather Tamminen

21 July 2022, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

In 2009, a mass burial of archaeological human remains was discovered on the South Dorset Ridgeway, during the construction of the Weymouth Relief Road. Through a study by Oxford Archaeology, these individuals were found to have lived and died around the year 1000 and originated from Scandinavia and northern Europe, leading to the conclusion that the approximately 52 men were Vikings. They had been decapitated in what appeared to be a systematic mass execution, whilst repeated examples of injuries caused by bladed weapons (sharp force trauma) were found on their skeletons.

Using modern digital technology, the sharp force of trauma on these individuals has been reappraised to see what new information can be learned. Bournemouth University’s Heather Tamminen will show how this technology has been able to refine the interpretations of the events that occurred and have added to the narrative of dramatic events that took place on the Ridgeway ten centuries ago.

 

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Dr Heather M. Tamminen BHK, MSc

Heather is a human osteologist currently specialising in conflict trauma. Originally from Canada, she has been studying musculoskeletal anatomy for the past decade and human osteoarchaeology since she moved to the UK in 2015. Having previously worked in the UK commercial archaeological sector, Heather is currently working on a PhD at Bournemouth University (in collaboration with the Dorset Museum) looking at the use of digital technology in the analysis and preservation of sharp force trauma on human remains.


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