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Rare ‘Vikings’ cemetery found in Italy

Archaeologists 800-year-old graves and skeletons of any descendants of the Vikings in Sicily, Italy.

Archaeologists have found a cemetery containing 10 skeletons in the neighborhood of Palermo, the capital of the Italian island of Sicily.

The interesting bit? The skeletons are probably the descendants of the Vikings.

“Some of the dead buried in the cemetery were undoubtedly the members of the elite, or the clergy, as the form of a number of the graves,” said Sławomir Moździoch, the head of the excavation, an archaeologist at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw in a statement.

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After watching the 10 buried bodies were found near the medieval church of San Michele del Golfo, Moździoch and his team discovered that three of the bodies of his wife and two children were. The other bodies were difficult to identify and although there is no property or equipment was found in the tombs, the researchers noted that the cemetery associated with the hospital in San Michele del Golfo was mentioned in a document from the 12th century.

(Credit: Sławomir Moździoch)

Scientists have discovered that the tombs belong to the Normans, descendants of the Vikings.

“According to the local anthropologist, the tallness and massive construction of the skeletons of people buried here indicate this origin,” Moździoch said.

Normans in Italy not as a surprise, as the group, which are located in the northern part of France, would eventually go to the military conquests in Europe, including in the southern part of Italy in the late 10th and the early 11th century.

“In the second half of the 11th century, the island was recaptured from the Arabs, by a Norman nobleman, Roger de Hauteville,” Moździoch added in the statement.

LiveScience describes the discovery of the graves as “a rare find.”

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