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Finds Possible Medieval Remains of Undead.
of what could prove to be the first documented cases of the “Necro-Mortosis,”
or “Zombie Virus,” have been uncovered by Dr. Nigel Willencore,
professor of Historical Archaeology at Oxford University. However, these remains were not found in Haiti, site of the World Health Organization’s ongoing efforts to find the roots of the virus, but in an 1100 year old Viking burial mound in Sweden.
According to Dr. Willencore, “Our team is excavating the site of Steophan the Commoner, a very unique site in that it is one of the oldest and best preserved Viking stone ship burial mounds in Europe, and that it was made for a person of non-royal blood. Generally, only the wealthiest kings and chieftains ever had elaborate burial ceremonies during these times, so for Steophan to warrant such lavish treatment indicates he must have accomplished something very great in his life.”
That great accomplishment might have been the elimination of the world’s first zombie plague. Runic engravings on the sarcophagus of Steophan name him as, “Defender of the Faith. Slayer of Draugr.” “Draugr,” explains Dr. Willencore, “is a unique concept in Scandinavian folklore. Where almost every culture has stories of ghosts, goblins, demons, and other spiritual evils, the Draugr was considered an actual reanimated corpse, and, according to the folklore, almost identical in every way to the modern zombie. The Draugr would reanimate shortly after death, show immediate hostility toward anyone near it, cannibalizing those it managed to capture, and most intriguingly, could only be killed by decapitation or destruction of the brain.
Excavations at the site discovered the decapitated remains of four
individuals buried under the feet of Steophan. Incredibly, two of the
individuals show bone evidence of reanimation.
“I have verified the presence of all these indicators on two
of the specimens from the Vasteras dig. In these cases, I do not see
any other explanation for the evidence other than they were actual walking
corpses for at least several weeks after natural death."
“The other two bodies do not show conclusive evidence of reanimation. However, they both show deep bone lacerations indicative of a wild animal attack. So, it is possible these two could have been either victims, or perhaps even, offerings to the Undead, or reanimated and destroyed before severe damage was done to their skeletal structure. Additionally, one had a large puncture wound to it's forehead”
Dr. Wellincore’s discovery has energized the scientific community,
burdened by increased criticism at the slow pace of “Necro-Mortosis”
research. “I cannot understate the importance of this discovery
if it is completely verified,” said Chris Hanlon, of the Center
for Disease Control. "Perhaps, at least some progress will occur
now that Scientists have
successfully reprogrammed human
skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells."
“One of the largest challenges we face in unlocking the “Necro-Mortosis” code is to ascertain how the virus originated. If we are able to extract DNA from these bodies in Sweden, we might be able to catch a glimpse of a ‘beta version’ of the Undead virus. Something for us to compare the modern DNA against and possibly lead us to clues on how to fight it. Even if what killed these people was not “Necro-Mortosis,” the similarity in symptoms would make whatever we discover an invaluable tool. This is how diseases are cured.”
Dr. Wellcore offers a partial explanation, “The Vikings were the greatest seafarers of their age. They traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and North America. If the Zombie virus actually existed somewhere in the world during the 9th to 12th Centuries, there is no culture in the world more likely to encounter, and possibly import it to Europe, than the Vikings.
Ancient Briton outbreak?
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