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Vikings' skeletons go on display in Weymouth

Archeologists explain the finds in Dorset

An exhibition of Iron Age skeletons and Viking bones found in excavations ahead of the Weymouth Relief Road has attracted 3,000 visitors.

The free event at Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room includes ancient bones, Iron Age pottery and shale jewellery.

Archaeologists from Dorset County Council and specialists from Oxford Archaeology will be on hand to discuss the finds and answer questions.

The excavations were part of the construction of a £87m relief road.

The controversial relief road is planned for visitors to sailing events during the 2012 Olympics.

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The remains of 51 decapitated skeletons found in a burial pit at the site were recently identified as being those of Scandinavian Vikings.

Mystery had surrounded the identity of the group since they were discovered in June.

Dorset County Council senior archaeologist Steve Wallis said that some people might not realise that Iron Age settlements had been discovered during the archaeology works as well as Viking remains.

"The three sites are totally different to one another and hopefully residents will get a real flavour of the variety of finds by coming along to the exhibitions," he said.

Oxford Archaeology project manager David Score said: "Two skeletons from the Ridgeway burial pit will be on display alongside Iron Age jewellery, pottery and remains from one of the other 100 burials discovered on the site."



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