Skip to comments.Archaeologists baffled over 'bizarre' Viking discovery [Irish eyes smiling]
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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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
Archaeologists baffled over ‘bizarre’ Viking discovery [Fighting Irish eyes smiling]
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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.
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!
:’) 1,150 years ago... that was Favre’s rookie year, but he wasn’t playing there at the time.
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. :’)
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.
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.
That sort of thing happens in all the disciplines. It makes interesting reading—except when politicians get involved.
Lepercaun = Leprechaun
I used the old Norse spelling.
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
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
Hey, they’re always after me lucky charms.