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The Viking with Filed Teeth

Archaeologists are currently examining fifty four bodies found in a mass burial pit in 2009, in Dorset. The bodies date to between AD970 and 1025, and probably contain soldiers, as they appear to have seen vicious combat. However, one of the bodies has stood out, because its teeth had been deliberately filed while he was alive. The archaeologists aren’t sure why this man had these grooves in his teeth, but suggest it might have been to scare opponents or show status. The BBC has some photos and quotes.