In the Old Town (Gamlebyen) of Oslo, three skeletons have been found that date back to the 12th century. Archaeologists believe it may be a mass grave from the Civil War with the Birkebeiner.
“The skeletons lay together in a mass grave, which is most often used when corpses must be buried quickly. That is why it has been exciting to try to link it to a historical event,” says Project Manager Michael Derrick to Dagbladet. He leads the excavations on Bispegata in the Old Town of Oslo.
“We know that Håkon Håkonsson’s saga says that in 1240 there was a battle where Håkon Håkonsson led the Birkebeiner army in the fight against Duke Skule Bårdsson. This battle apparently took place around St. Hallvard’s Cathedral – close to where the skeletons were found, he continues.
The excavations in the area are done in connection with the construction of new tram tracks under the auspices of the City Environment Agency.
The skeletons, according to Derrick, have stab wounds to the head and neck, which may be indicative of war injuries. The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) believes the findings they have made are quite unique.
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