Isle of Wight Council bosses have overturned a vote by councillors - who had rejected the partnership to secure £900 million of funding.
Viking Warriors Filed Their Teeth!!
A gruesome discovery of filed teeth has been made during the analysis of the Weymouth Relief Road Viking burial pit remains.
A pair of front teeth with deep horizontal grooves cut into them have been found and added to the story of what is known about the beheaded victims.
Oxford Archaeology project manager David Score said:
"It's difficult to say how painful the process of filing teeth may have been, but it wouldn't have been a pleasant experience.
"The incisions have been very carefully made and it is most likely that they were filed by a skilled craftsman.
"The purpose behind filed teeth remains unclear but, as we know these men were warriors, it may have been to frighten opponents in battle or to show their status as a great fighter."
Dorset County Council senior archaeologist Steve Wallis said:
"It is very rare that this kind of deliberate dental modification is found in European remains, although it is often found in cultures from around the world, so that it was found in an excavation in Dorset is fantastic.
"It's great that the burial pit on Ridgeway is still surprising us and teaching us more about who these men may have been and what they may have been like."
Specialists examining the remains have also uncovered further evidence of the brutal way in which the men died, with one skeleton having six cut marks to the back of the neck.
Archaeologists are continuing to study all the artefacts from the relief road site and it is hoped that the in-depth report will be published next year.
To read more interesting snippets from the analysis so far visit: www.dorsetforyou.com/weymouthreliefroad
The busy road's being made two lanes in both directions between Segensworth and Titchfield - it's due to take 18 months.
Police want to trace man after 11-Year-Old Approached Near Oasis Academy
Family Appeal Is Shared Online After 14-Year-Old Missing Since Friday
Recently Played Tracks
On Radio: Rich and Zoe
6am - 10am
Text 'SOUTH' to 82122
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart.
Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.