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Scientific isotope testing conducted on the mens’ teeth indicates that they were of very diverse origins, and likely from Scandinavia.
Kim Siddorn, author of Viking Weapons and Warfare, has speculated "[t]hey had left their ship, walked inland, ran into an unusually well-organized body of Saxons, and were probably forced to surrender." This is corroborated by the fact that location of their deaths was a central location in conflicts between native Saxons and invading Vikings.
In June 2009, archaeologists made a shocking discovery in the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset, England.
It is believed that three of the heads may have been kept as souvenirs or placed on stakes. There have been multiple theories as to who these men were and why they were executed.
A gruesome find such as this brings forth many questions.