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From ‘screaming’ mummies to headless Vikings – gruesome ancient corpses to creep you out THIS Halloween

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ARCHAEOLOGISTS are used to digging up ancient corpses but some of them are far more shocking than others.

Below is a selection of the grisliest ancient corpse discoveries, including headless Vikings, screaming mummies and disturbing bog bodies.

Headless Vikings

 The headless Vikings were discovered in Weymouth
The headless Vikings were discovered in WeymouthCredit: PA:Press Association

These gruesome headless Vikings were found in the sunny seaside town of Weymouth in the UK.

Archaeologists discovered the mass grave unintentionally in 2009 and soon realised that all the skulls had been separated from the bodies.

It is thought that the 50 or so skeletons date back to between 970 and 1025 AD and were once invaders who were captured and executed by locals.

Screaming mummies

 The mummy thought to be the Egyptian prince Pentawer has a terrifying screaming expression
The mummy thought to be the Egyptian prince Pentawer has a terrifying screaming expressionCredit: Wikimedia Commons

The first Egyptologists didn’t know what they were in for when they started opening sarcophagi.

Due to the natural processes of decay, a lot of mummies look like they’re screaming in their coffins.

Pentawer, the ancient Egyptian prince, is a famous example of a terrifying mummy that looks like they’re still in pain.

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Vampire corpses

 Vampire corpses have stakes through their hearts
Vampire corpses have stakes through their heartsCredit: Impact Press Group/NurPhoto

Vampire corpses are so called because they are skeletons that clearly have a wooden stake or metal spike stabbed through their heart.

This was done when people believed that the corpse was not yet dead, probably due to decomposition processes that made it bloat and seemingly move.

Over 1000 vampire corpse graves have been unearthed in Bulgaria.

 This 800 year old skeleton was found in Bulgaria with iron stabbed through its chest
This 800 year old skeleton was found in Bulgaria with iron stabbed through its chestCredit: Wikimedia Commons

Tomb of the Sunken Skulls

Credit: Twitter/Ticia Verveer

This haunting discovery was made at the bottom of a prehistoric lake in Sweden in 2009.

The tomb was sealed off with stone tools, animals bones and the remains of 11 8,000 year old skeletons inside.

There is evidence that when these people died they were set on fire and stabbed through the heart.

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Bog bodies

 The Tollund Man is probably the most well-preserved body from pre-historic times in the world
The Tollund Man is probably the most well-preserved body from pre-historic times in the world

In 1950, experts found a bog body with a “face so fresh they could only suppose they had stumbled on a recent murder.”

The corpse, referred to as the Tollund man, is probably the most well-preserved body from pre-historic times in the whole world.

A plaited leather noose wrapped tightly around his neck was found with the body, and this is probably what killed him over 2,300 years ago.

 A plaited leather noose was found wrapped tightly around his neck
A plaited leather noose was found wrapped tightly around his neckCredit: Tollundman.dk

He was found in the same bog as another body called the Ellin Woman in Denmark.

It is likely he was sacrificed as an offering to the gods.

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