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Ireland's Viking Fortress
Archaeology, V 64 N 1 ^ | January/February 2011 | Erin Mullally

Posted on 02/03/2011 7:02:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Linn Duachaill was founded in A.D. 841, the same year as Viking Dublin. The fortress was used as a center by the Vikings to trade goods, organize attacks against inland Irish monasteries, and send captured Irish slaves abroad. For more than 70 years, Linn Duachaill rivaled Dublin as the preeminent Viking holding on the east coast of Ireland before it was eventually abandoned.

The discovery of Linn Duachaill will finally allow archeologists to compare the actual site with medieval documents. The names of leaders of the garrison are recorded, along with extensive accounts of attacks they carried out. The site is often referred to as a longphort, a term used to describe a fortification built by the Vikings to protect their ships.

A defensive rampart has already been excavated at the site and examples of Viking silver and ecclesiastical metalwork looted from native Irish sites have also been recovered. "We are excited to learn what insights into medieval times Linn Duachaill will reveal," says Kelly.

(Excerpt) Read more at archaeology.org ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; ireland; vikings
Luke Torris Photography

Irelands Viking Fortress

1 posted on 02/03/2011 7:02:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 02/03/2011 7:04:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

Later.


3 posted on 02/03/2011 7:06:48 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Illinois has become California without the climate or the glamor)
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To: SunkenCiv

UFFDA UFFDA UFFDA


4 posted on 02/03/2011 7:06:52 PM PST by barbarianbabs (soylent green is people)
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To: SunkenCiv
...and send captured Irish slaves abroad...

Mmmm... those lovely Irish lasses. This-- ladies and gentlemen-- is why there is a "Swedish Bikini Team", and not a "British Bikini Team".

Q.E.D.

5 posted on 02/03/2011 7:09:15 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: SunkenCiv

The Pillage People Ping!


6 posted on 02/03/2011 7:10:10 PM PST by AU72
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To: SunkenCiv
Eirik Bloodaxe, Harald Bluetooth.

Say what you will, but the Vikings knew the importance of a good name.

7 posted on 02/03/2011 7:22:36 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Flag_This
Harald's runestone:


8 posted on 02/03/2011 7:25:56 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 744 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

The Vikings went wireless way before it was cool.


9 posted on 02/03/2011 7:38:17 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: SunkenCiv

intersting. did they dig the canal to float the ships?


10 posted on 02/03/2011 7:57:52 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: SunkenCiv
For more than 70 years, Linn Duachaill rivaled Dublin as the preeminent Viking holding on the east coast of Ireland before it was eventually abandoned.

The reason the Vikings abandoned Linn Duachaill so quickly is simple... they feared this dude:


11 posted on 02/03/2011 8:06:55 PM PST by CurlyBill (1-20-13 can't get here fast enough!)
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To: Ramius
"British Bikini Team".

Be careful... what has been seen cannot be unseen!

12 posted on 02/03/2011 8:58:29 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: SunkenCiv
Googling images for Linn Duachaill returned this on page 14

And speaking of Linn Duachaill, I think I dated her once in college.

13 posted on 02/03/2011 9:23:58 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

Hey, we get around. I lost track of the local copy of the graphic for a time, couldn’t find the linking info for TinyPic, and wound up doing a laborious image search to finally track it down and straighten things out here. :’)


14 posted on 02/04/2011 4:55:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Flag_This

One never reads of Thor Haardresser, that’s for sure.


15 posted on 02/04/2011 4:56:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Ramius; CurlyBill; AU72

:’D


16 posted on 02/04/2011 4:58:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: barbarianbabs

Of da things I have to do while on FR, learning something new is number one. :')
UFF DA

17 posted on 02/04/2011 5:00:59 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: beebuster2000

That’s probably a natural waterway, but as in Britain the oceans were a bit higher centuries ago.


18 posted on 02/04/2011 5:01:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

“...but as in Britain the oceans were a bit higher centuries ago.”

That’s okay, in the 60’s the Brits got high again.


19 posted on 02/04/2011 9:23:14 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

;’)


20 posted on 02/05/2011 3:44:12 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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