One of the things I was particularly looking forward to seeing were the viking skeletons found in and near York. Both of them had a lot of interesting pathology and diseases, and it's not often that I get to study human skeletons because even though I have been offered human bones, I have strong views on how human remains should be treated, so this was a valuable experience and something I was looking forward to. Here's what I found !
Jorvik is best known for the brilliant recreation through the streets of the old Jorvik, with interesting sights and smells, which you travel through in a special moving vehicle. After that there was an archaeological room, with all of the cool things found, including three viking skeletons, two of which I'm writing about today.
Skeleton No. 15548
The first skeleton was number 15548, who was a female and was thought to have been around 46 years old when she died. She was found near York and was thought to have died between 880-1030 CE. Her bones were found in excellent condition, with no surface erosion. She was around 5.3" tall and 70% of her skeleton was found.
She had degenerative joint disease (DJD) in her clavicles, ribs, shoulder blades, right metacarpal, hips and right femur. She also had arthritis in her right hip, right femur, left femur and left tibia. And atrophy in her right hip, femur, tibia and fibula.
Skeleton No. 30944
The other skeleton was no. 30944. This one was a 1.6m, 40 year old male, in excellent condition, with over 90% of his skeleton and died around 800CE. Just like 15548, 30944 had DJD in his spine, left scapula, right ulna, hips, ribs. He was found just like how he is laid out here; with his right arm under his skull, left arm out and mouth open.
This was a recreation of skeleton no. 15548, showing the pathology on her bones. I would recommend Jorvik to anyone because there is something to see for all ages and it tells history in a really interesting way.
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