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Dig team find proof there were Picts on the Brough of Deerness before the Vikings
Orkneyjar ^ | Thursday, August 11, 2011 | Sigurd Towrie

Posted on 10/12/2011 4:10:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

One of the most significant discoveries of this year's dig is conclusive evidence that the earliest viking houses, thought to date from around AD900, were preceded by a Pictish settlement.

Previously -- excavations were carried out in 2008 and 2009 -- a number of Pictish artefacts had been found on the site, but there was no actual proof that the Picts lived there...

One question that has yet to be answered though, is what happened in the transition between the Pict and the viking villages, and, as yet, no evidence has been found of an integration between the two.

"In terms of the contact between the vikings and the Picts, we've got this massive Viking Age settlement dug into a Pictish site, without there being evidence of a horizon of the mixing of the two cultures," said Dr Barrett... "We've seen that the viking settlement replaced what was there before. Having said that, there are a few caveats, and the first is we've found Pictish-style pottery in the Viking remains. We also don't know whether the viking settlement immediately followed the Pictish settlement, or whether the Pictish settlement had been abandoned for some time before the vikings came."

...What is clear, however, is that the foundations of the 30 viking structures, still visible through the grass, were contemporaneous and were well entrenched in the Brough, which points to an enormous investment of labour...

"Some of the things from the site are objects that have to do with its existence as a chiefly settlement and there are others which are just about the people who lived there and the lives they led, and one of these is a viking gaming board," said Dr Barrett.

"It's actually a Hnefatafl board, a viking game which is a cross between draughts and chess.

(Excerpt) Read more at orkneyjar.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: caledonia; godsgravesglyphs; orkney; pictish; picts; vikings
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The excavation team on the Brough of Deerness. (Frank Bradford/www.frankbradfordpix.com)

Dig team find proof there were Picts on the Brough of Deerness before the Vikings

1 posted on 10/12/2011 4:10:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 10/12/2011 4:13:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Whew! I’m glad we got THAT settled!


3 posted on 10/12/2011 4:16:20 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: SunkenCiv

This could only mean one thing: viking housewives were tidy and didn’t keep any dead Picts lying around.


4 posted on 10/12/2011 4:19:02 PM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: ChocChipCookie

I was expecting to see several species of small furry animals gathered together and grooving the pict. I was happy to Barrett mentioned, of course. Oh...wait...


5 posted on 10/12/2011 4:22:18 PM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: SunkenCiv

This thread is useless without Picts

(sorry)


6 posted on 10/12/2011 4:24:55 PM PDT by kidd
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To: SunkenCiv

Keep digging!


7 posted on 10/12/2011 4:28:25 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: SunkenCiv
Maybe we should have National Be a Pict Day
where you strip naked, paint yourself blue and jump and down and scream at your neighbor (Who should celebrating too by screaming back!)
8 posted on 10/12/2011 4:34:41 PM PDT by Reily
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To: yup2394871293

I have a bone to pict with those Vikings.


9 posted on 10/12/2011 4:37:27 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Never play poker with the plumber at Buckingham Palace. He's got a Royal Flush.)
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To: Reily

Hmmm...sounds suspiciously close to Be a Smurf Day.


10 posted on 10/12/2011 4:40:07 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Austrian achievement: convincing world that Hitler was German and Beethoven Austrian)
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To: SunkenCiv
The headline reminds me of an old Mad Magazine saying: It's crackers to slip a rozzer the dropsy in snide.

Except Mad Magazine's made sense.

And seriously, I don't mean to offend any picts, Broughs or Deernesses.
11 posted on 10/12/2011 4:40:36 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: Pharmboy

The nakedness and the scream manically make all the difference!


12 posted on 10/12/2011 4:43:32 PM PDT by Reily
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To: kidd

Yes. Picts or the chess game never happened.


13 posted on 10/12/2011 4:46:58 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Cool! Rugged folk.


14 posted on 10/12/2011 4:53:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

SANDAY SYMBOL STONE

The Pictish symbol stone was lying prone, under the floor of the property, and appears to have been damaged during the construction of the house, possibly in the 19th century.

Approximately 4ft 6in long, the stone is thought to have been made in the 8th century AD, when Christianity was being brought to Orkney. The carving shows both a Christian cross and a Pictish “sea creature” symbol.

15 posted on 10/12/2011 5:11:38 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM!)
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To: SunkenCiv

What no Picts?


16 posted on 10/12/2011 5:26:08 PM PDT by lmsii (No hope, and now no change in my pocket.)
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To: Reily
Maybe we should have National Be a Pict Day where you strip naked, paint yourself blue and jump and down and scream at your neighbor

They call that Super Bowl Sunday.

17 posted on 10/12/2011 5:34:24 PM PDT by RonF
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Audience Participation is Good!

18 posted on 10/12/2011 5:37:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Fred Nerks

Thanks! I hadn’t seen that one. What an interesting site. I noted that “Viking” is never capitalized. :’)


19 posted on 10/12/2011 5:38:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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The Brough o’ Deerness
http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/broughofdeerness/


20 posted on 10/12/2011 5:39:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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