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The First Vikings
Archaeology Magazine ^ | Monday, June 10, 2013 | Andrew Curry

Posted on 06/18/2013 7:31:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

According to historians, the Viking Age began on June 8, A.D. 793, at an island monastery off the coast of northern England. A contemporary chronicle recorded the moment with a brief entry: "The ravages of heathen men miserably destroyed God’s church on Lindisfarne, with plunder and slaughter." ...In the centuries that followed, the Vikings' vessels carried them deep into Russia and as far south as Constantinople, Sicily, and possibly even North Africa. They organized flotillas capable of carrying warriors across vast distances, and terrorized the English, Irish, and French coasts with lightning-fast raids. Exploratory voyages to the west took them all the way to North America.

...our understanding of what led up to that June day on Lindisfarne is surprisingly shaky. A recent discovery on a remote Baltic island is beginning to change that. Two ships filled with slain warriors uncovered on the Estonian island of Saaremaa may help archaeologists and historians understand how the Vikings' warships evolved from short-range, rowed craft to sailing ships; where the first warriors came from; and how their battle tactics developed. "We all agree these burials are Scandinavian in origin," says Marge Konsa, an archaeologist at the University of Tartu. "This is our first taste of the Viking era."

Between them, the two boats contain the remains of dozens of men. Seven lay haphazardly in the smaller of the two boats, which was found first. Nearby, in the larger vessel, 33 men were buried in a neat pile, stacked like wood, together with their weapons and animals. The site seems to be a hastily arranged mass grave, the final resting place for Scandinavian warriors killed in an ill-fated raid on Saaremaa, or perhaps waylaid on a remote beach by rivals.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: estonia; godsgravesglyphs; thevikings
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To: Oztrich Boy

Bingo! You get the prize!


41 posted on 06/20/2013 12:55:05 PM PDT by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: Yollopoliuhqui

That’s a nice story, but it’s based on nothing, whereas the Iliad is rooted in a real war that’s been substantiated by archaeology; the Odyssey on the other hand, was probably by a different author, maybe Samuel Butler’s woman.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/aoto/
http://archive.org/details/authoressofodyss00butlrich
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1490367/replies?c=104
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1659530/posts


42 posted on 06/20/2013 6:59:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: donmeaker
Voila!!! Tu as PEUR!!!
43 posted on 06/20/2013 7:02:30 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Oztrich Boy
Actually it was the least warlike of the Gaulish villagers, the bard Cacofonix, who managed to do that.

In the French language version, his name was Assurancetourix.

44 posted on 06/20/2013 7:03:31 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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