This photograph shows the decapitated skeletons from a band of Viking warriors, discovered in Dorset County, England. Researchers first suggested that the Vikings were beheaded by a group of local villagers who were exacting their revenge upon this raiding party, but closer examinations of the remains do not corroborate this explanation. We may never know exactly what happened to these Vikings, but if they were in England to rape and pillage, then they probably got what they deserved.
This photograph shows an archaeological site in Spain where researchers discovered the remains of a cannibal's feast from the time of Neanderthals. The researchers unearthed bones from over 10 different individuals, including males, females, and people of all age groups (even an infant). These bones all showed marks of intense gnawing, suggesting that someone had eaten the flesh from them.
This photograph shows the ancient grave of a 3-year-old child, discovered during an archaeological survey in the wilds of Alaska. The remains of this young child had been charred and entombed in the family's fireplace over eleven millennia ago.
This photograph shows the mummified remains of a corpse found by archaeologist in the U.K. Known as the Grauballe Man, this mummy was naturally preserved in a peat bog. The Grauballe Man is interesting for a few different reasons; besides having intact hair and fingernails, he also has a laceration around his neck which suggests that he was probably sacrificed. Given the traditions of his time, the Grauballe Man was most likely sacrificed for a good harvest.
This photograph shows an 8,000-year-old impaled skull discovered during an archaeological dig in Motala, Sweden. Several other impaled skulls were found at this site, and the most shocking part of all is that one of the skulls had been stuffed full of fractured pieces from other skulls.
This photograph shows the well-preserved claw of an enormous prehistoric bird known as an Upland Moa, discovered in the caves of Mount Owen, New Zealand. The Upland Moa was a flightless bird which reached heights of around 12 feet, and while the idea of such a bird is certainly horrifying, the Upland Moa was actually an herbivore that was hunted to extinction by native New-Zealanders around six centuries ago.
This photograph shows an ancient Roman bathhouse in Israel, under which researchers found the bones of hundreds of infants in the sewer system. It is entirely unclear why the infants were discarded in the sewers, or whether they were still alive when placed there.
This photograph shows a 4,000-year-old skull discovered in India; a skull which belonged to a person who was afflicted with the oldest known case of the disease known as leprosy. Although leprosy is hardly contagious, it has always carried negative social connotations, which has led to countless sufferers being exiled into so-called "leper colonies". The mere survival of this skeleton is taken as evidence of social exclusion, since the dead were historically cremated in this region according to Hindu tradition.
This photograph shows the remains of a Roman soldier discovered in tunnels under the Syrian city of Dura, which was besieged by the Persian Empire approximately 2,000 years ago. The Persian soldiers decimated their Roman enemies in this tunnel by filling it with a lethal chemical gas which one researcher described as like "the fumes of hell".
This photograph shows the skull of an alleged vampire discovered in a grave outside the city of Venice, Italy. Throughout history, people have been plagued by a terrifying superstition that the deceased would return from their graves as vampires to feed on the living. As this artifact demonstrates, the dead were often buried with stones between their jaws as a means to prevent them from later attacking their loved ones.