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The mass grave was initially uncovered in Repton in the 1980s, with radiocarbon dating suggesting the grave held bones collected over several centuries including monks and nuns.
However, new dating puts them all in the ninth century, meaning they could be the remains of the Viking force that drove out the king of Mercia.
He had received numerous fatal injuries around the time of death, including a large cut to his left femur.
Intriguingly, a boar’s tusk had been placed between his legs, and it has been suggested that the injury may have severed his penis or testicles, and that the tusk was there to replace what he had lost in preparation for the after-world.