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Archaeological evidence for the Viking Great Army that invaded England in AD 865 is focused particularly on the area around St Wystan's church at Repton in Derbyshire.

Large numbers of burials excavated here in the 1980s have been attributed to the overwintering of the Great Army in AD 873–874.

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A ninth-century Viking skeleton can be seen with sword and spearhead at the National Museum’s Viking exhibition; these were found in the War Memorial Park, Islandbridge, in 1934. “As a result of our new research, Kilmainham-Islandbridge is now demonstrably the largest burial complex of its type in western Europe, Scandinavia excluded,” says Stephen Harrison, who co-wrote the catalogue with museum director Raghnall Ó Floinn.

He also recently co-wrote , aimed at the lay reader.

Many of the remains were deposited in a charnel, while others were buried in graves with Scandinavian-style grave goods.

Although numismatic evidence corroborated the belief that these were the remains of the Great Army, radiocarbon results have tended to disagree.

A project cataloguing these burials, which began in 1999, is nearing conclusion.

It will result in the publication of , an 800-page tome.

“The annals record these vast numbers of warriors coming to Dublin, and recent work is now matching that with the archaeology.

We used to think the annals were prone to exaggeration, and maybe the Vikings weren’t so bad.

But now there is a swing towards, ‘Jeepers, they were fairly catastrophic’.” Their dead seem to have been buried on both sides of the Liffey and along the Poddle.

Dublin was enclosed by a palisade running along the ridge from Dublin Castle to Christ Church, joining the two rivers.

The sheer quantity of artefacts buried points to the importance and wealth of Dublin at the time. At least 59 graves were found in the Kilmainham-Islandbridge area between the late 18th century and 1934.

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