Real-life Gothic: a Dark Ages slaughter has been discovered in Sweden.
Five bodies already have been unearthed amid the ruins of one of the settlement's houses on the island of Öland, just off the Swedish coast. In a news release, Lund University said more human bones have been identified in other parts of the fort, suggesting there may be scores or hundreds of bodies yet to be dug out.
There's a powerful time dimension, a punctum:
"There are so many bodies, it must have been a very violent and well-organized raid," Wilhelmson said... Something terrible happened, and everything just stopped."
And the horror apparently echoed down the ages:
[A]rchaeologists found gilded brooches that hadn't been plundered by the attackers — and were still buried at the site 1,500 years later. Wilhelmson wonders whether the site became taboo. "I don't think anyone dared to go near it for a very long time," she said.
Swedish Gothic: it will catch up with us all.
(thanks to Randy McCall