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The Axed Man of Mosfell

Ann L. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich

in The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780813038070
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813038070.003.0003
The Axed Man of Mosfell

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This chapter presents the osteobiography of an Icelandic Viking who died of massive cranial wounds sometime between A.D. 855 and 1015. The osteobiography details the health history and cause of death of this man, and the integration of this information with the broad goals of the Mosfell Archaeological Project allows the authors to address the historicity of Icelandic sagas.

Keywords: Osteobiography; Mosfell Archaeological Project; Kirkjuhóll site; Icelandic sagas; Cranial trauma; Vikings; Egil's Saga; Interpersonal violence; Dental enamel hypoplasia; Mortuary practice

Chapter.  6553 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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