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The Bioarchaeology of Individuals$
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Ann L. W. Stodder and Ann M. Palkovich

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813038070

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813038070.001.0001

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The Axed Man of Mosfell

The Axed Man of Mosfell

Skeletal Evidence of a Viking Age Homicide, the Icelandic Sagas, and Feud

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The Bioarchaeology of Individuals

Ann L. W. Stodder

Ann M. Palkovich

University Press of Florida

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

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