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Archaeologists baffled over 'bizarre' Viking discovery [Irish eyes smiling]
Irish Examiner ^ | Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | Gordon Deegan

Posted on 04/30/2010 7:37:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

A team of Irish archaeologists is puzzled by the "bizarre" discovery of a 1,150-year-old Viking necklace in a cave in the Burren.

Besides being the largest by far -- up to 12 times longer than previous finds -- the team is puzzled by how such a "high-status" Viking treasure came to lie in the Burren, an area never settled by the Norsemen.

The site where the necklace was found at Glencurran Cave was described by team leader Dr Marion Dowd of Sligo IT as a "treasure trove" for archaeologists.

The necklace is one of a number of major items discovered in the dig, funded by the Department of the Environment and the Royal Irish Academy.

Dr Dowd said yesterday: "The necklace is the largest Viking necklace to have been found in Ireland. Normally, Vikings necklaces that have been found have five to six glass beads, but this has 71 glass beads covered with gold foil."

A leading expert on Irish cave archaeology, Dr Dowd was puzzled by how such a "stunning piece of jewellery" came to rest in the Burren.

"There is no parallel for it in Ireland and it is puzzling on a number of fronts," he said.

Dr Dowd said that the Vikings never settled in the Burren, but that Limerick was one of the Irish cities that they did settle in and speculated that the necklace -- dating from the mid 9th century -- could have been the result of a trade with Vikings from Limerick and Gaelic chieftains in the Burren.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: eire; godsgravesglyphs; ireland; vikings

1 posted on 04/30/2010 7:37:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 04/30/2010 7:38:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv
Archaeologists baffled over ‘bizarre’
3 posted on 04/30/2010 7:48:58 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Is Eaker going swishy?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sometimes the sheer inanity of some of the pronouncements of archaeologists boggles the mind. The implication that Viking artifacts should only be found in areas “settled” by Vikings is a good example. People travel, they trade, etc. - what is so difficult to grasp about this...? /g


4 posted on 04/30/2010 7:51:33 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: SunkenCiv

Archaeologists baffled over ‘bizarre’ Viking discovery [Fighting Irish eyes smiling]
NFL Examiner ^ | Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | Gordon F.G. Deegan

Posted on 4/30/10 7:37:23 PM by SunkenCiv

A team of Irish archaeologists is puzzled by the “bizarre” discovery of a 1,150-year-old Minnesota Viking helmet in a cave in the Ireland.

Besides being the largest by far — up to 12 times larger than a NY Giant`s helmet, the team is puzzled by how such a “high-punter” Viking helmet came to lie in the Ireland, an area never settled by the Swedes, who had long hang times and never missed a P.A.

Speculation is that the helmet was owned by a previously unknown Fighting Irish kicker named Le`mee Kick, whose legend has been preserved in the many pubs in the city of Limerick named after him.


5 posted on 04/30/2010 7:54:30 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: SunkenCiv

Jeeze, SC; Just because “people” have never heard of “such a thing” doesn’t mean “such a thing” doesn’t exist.

I’m always amazed at the stupidity of folks who think life began with THEM!


6 posted on 04/30/2010 7:56:45 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Has anyone seen my tagline? If you find it, please return it. I'm lost without it.)
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To: bunkerhill7

:’) 1,150 years ago... that was Favre’s rookie year, but he wasn’t playing there at the time.


7 posted on 04/30/2010 8:31:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: tarheelswamprat; Monkey Face

Could have been made by the Vikings (or whomever they dragged along to do such work), and sold or traded at one of the interfaces, then wound up deep off into a non-Viking area. Or, it could have been taken as booty, and lost or concealed at some point later. So IOW yeah, I do appreciate the validity of your comments. :’)


8 posted on 04/30/2010 8:33:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv

Right. This item was found about 50 km away from known Norse settlements in Limerick, and perhaps 25 km away from an inlet in Galway Bay. I suspect that the archaeologists were not really baffled by the find. Rather, the alleged reporter wanted to make a catchy headline.


9 posted on 04/30/2010 8:36:14 PM PDT by sig226 (Mourn this day, the death of a great republic. March 21, 2010)
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To: SunkenCiv

lol


10 posted on 04/30/2010 8:37:44 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: tarheelswamprat

You could draw many conclusions from the find. I like my first thought, a really rich, powerful Viking on the run hiding in a place they’ll never think to look.


11 posted on 04/30/2010 8:37:56 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: SunkenCiv
A lepercaun stole it, of course.
12 posted on 04/30/2010 8:43:04 PM PDT by razorback-bert (So many questions, so few answers about Barry.)
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To: tarheelswamprat

That sort of thing happens in all the disciplines. It makes interesting reading—except when politicians get involved.


13 posted on 04/30/2010 9:07:06 PM PDT by RepublicanMeansAmerican
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To: razorback-bert

Lepercaun = Leprechaun


14 posted on 04/30/2010 9:13:22 PM PDT by Old Seadog (Always do a little more than is expected, and someday .....it will be expected.)
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To: Old Seadog

I used the old Norse spelling.


15 posted on 04/30/2010 9:47:07 PM PDT by razorback-bert (So many questions, so few answers about Barry.)
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To: RepublicanMeansAmerican
That sort of thing happens in all the disciplines. It makes interesting reading—except when politicians get involved.

Perhaps that's why they like to use the pompous term "disciplines" when referring to themselves instead of the ordinary-sounding "fields of study" or just plain "fields"... /g It carries the definite implication that YOU WILL toe the line of the established orthodoxy... deviation from the established consensus is frowned upon... /g

16 posted on 04/30/2010 10:06:43 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: SunkenCiv

This Viking necklace found in the Burren National Park is thought to be 1,150 years old.
17 posted on 05/01/2010 4:49:37 AM PDT by Palter (Kilroy was here.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Or, there was an unplanned event, a ship wreck or fatal illness that caused the party to take shelter in the cave. The necklace owner died and was left in the cave


18 posted on 05/01/2010 5:35:23 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: Palter; bert

Thanks!


19 posted on 05/01/2010 8:08:17 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: razorback-bert

Hey, they’re always after me lucky charms.


20 posted on 05/01/2010 8:14:48 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: sig226

:’) Thanks sig226.


21 posted on 05/01/2010 8:32:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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Couldn’t some Irish lads have beaten the tar out of some Vikings and made off with the booty, stashed it in a cave, and forgotten about it? Or put it there as a tribute to their God/s as thanks for being able to prevail?

Instead, we are supposed to be puzzled because the location does not match the currently delineated GPS/Google Map locations ‘confirmed’ by the ‘scientific community’?

Sometimes, I just have to shake my head...


22 posted on 05/01/2010 10:44:50 AM PDT by FreeStateYank (I want my country and constitution back, now!)
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To: SunkenCiv

There was travel and trade during the Dark Ages??? Well, I’m gobsmacked!


23 posted on 05/01/2010 11:09:56 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: razorback-bert
A lepercaun stole it, of course.

Is that one of those Unclean leprechauns?

24 posted on 05/01/2010 12:09:13 PM PDT by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: colorado tanker
There was travel and trade during the Dark Ages??? Well, I’m gobsmacked!

LOL. Read the epic 13th century ballad of Sir Patrick Spence.

The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens

25 posted on 05/01/2010 12:16:41 PM PDT by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: Bernard Marx
Thanks!

The ladies wrang their fingers white,
The maidens tore their heair,
All for the sake of their true loves,
For them they'll see nae mair.

26 posted on 05/01/2010 12:36:48 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Palter
Well,sometimes necklaces fell off during trials Vikings endured whilst at sea:
27 posted on 09/17/2010 8:25:38 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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