THE Vikings are coming… on a Time Team special featuring war graves on the Weymouth relief road route.

The mass burial pit was unearthed in June, 2009 on the top of the Ridgeway with 50 decapitated skulls and the bodies strewn nearby.

The grim discovery will be included in a show called In The Real Vikings: A Time Team Special on Monday, October 11 at 8pm on Channel 4.

Tony Robinson, Mick Aston and Phil Harding follow digs around the country in the special Viking themed programme.

Dorset County Council cabinet member for transport Peter Finney said: “It is fantastic that this marvellous find is going to be part of a programme broadcast across the country, showcasing a small part of Dorset’s rich historic environment.

“We are currently investigating options for putting information boards on Ridgeway about the Viking mass grave and other fascinating archaeological discoveries from the relief road site, to ensure that residents and visitors can continue to share in these remarkable finds.”

Footage of the Ridgeway burial pit will be included in the programme.

The burial site was uncovered on Ridgeway Hill during the earthworks operation for the Weymouth Relief Road between the resort and Dorchester.

Oxford Archaeology removed the decapitated skulls from the ground, which were placed in one distinct area of the pit, and the bodies discarded haphazardly in another area of the pit.

In March of this year, analysis of teeth from the burial pit revealed that the decapitated skeletons were Scandinavian – Vikings.

The discovery was the first physical evidence of the warriors in this part of Britain, as well as being the best example of a Viking burial pit in the country.