Skip to comments.4,500-year-old boat among Viking artifacts hoard discovered in Galway
Posted on 04/12/2014 11:58:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Twelve boats, dating from 2,500 BC to the 11th century AD, along with other Viking artifacts have been discovered in Lough Corrib in Connemara, County Galway.
Archaeologists have used radiocarbon dating to establish that one of the boats dates from 2,500 BC. Other items that were found include several battle axes and other weapons...
The 4,500-year-old log boat settled into the mud when it sank and was covered over time. A mixture of organic sediment and lake water assisted in the preservation process. Even the seats in the boats are preserved...
The oldest of the vessels is the Annaghkeen log boat, which is 4,500 years old, close to the age of the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Northage pointed out, while speaking to the Irish Times, that it had been at the bottom of the lough for 3,500 years when the Vikings arrived.
The 12-meter boat is very similar to the Lurgan boat found in 1902 and the Carrowneden boat found near Ballyhaunis, in County Mayo, in 1996.
UAU archaeologist Karl Brady said, The Annaghkeen boat was made from a very big tree, and it took a lot of skill and effort to make it.
The fact that all three boats were located within 30 miles of each other would suggest that they were made by the one builder, or that there was a vogue for early Bronze Age boats of this type.
Brady believes that another boat, dating from the 11th or 12th century, found near Carrowmoreknock on the Lough, may have been on a raid when it sank. They believe the warriors were Irish.
(Excerpt) Read more at irishcentral.com ...
Battle axes and weapons among raiders hoard, found in Lough Corrib, County Galway, to be part of Battle of Clontarf anniversary exhibition.
The sea, oh the sea is the gradh geal mo croide
Long may it flow between England and me
It's a sure guarantee that some day we'll be free
Oh, thank God we're surrounded by water.
Ah-HAH!! I KNEW it! My clan is heavy with Viking DNA, thus explaining our barbaric behaviour at clan reunions.
We come from the land of the ice and snow ...
This makes no sense. The Vikings didn’t arrive in Ireland until about 1200 years ago. If the boat is 4,500 years old, it’s certainly not Viking.
“Proudly posting without reading the article since [sign-up date]” should be everyone’s default tagline.
The fashion at Free Republic these days is too rush to post Twitter-like comments before anyone else. The results are often sentence fragments and incoherent paragraphs that completely miss the point of the article.
Free Republic was once noted for thoughtful mini essays that imparted both information and reasoned analysis. Discussions were actually undertaken rather than the random rattle of cannon fire. Sadly, those days are long gone and we are poorer for it.
It’s not just FR. As this article demonstrates, garbled headlines and writing are becoming the norm, even in once-prestigious publications.
When the movie ‘Idiocracy’ came out, it was so over-the-top I didn’t think it was funny. Now I think it was a sober description of what he’d seen by a time-traveler.
The headline is certainly a cockup. Writers don’t write, editors don’t edit, publishers don’t care.
Idiocracy is starting to look like a documentary and has become somewhat understated.
I did read the article. There’s nothing in there that distinguishes the Viking stuff from the neo-lithic age boat.
Hear! Hear! I surely miss some of the posters of yester year.
Thank you. Precisely.
Beautiful picture. A lonely place.
[singing] welcome to the Viking Galway boat hoard...
There are problems when archaeological dating overlooks stratiography in favor of isotope decay rates which can be effected by volcanism and other factors. If items are found buried together, chances are they were contemporary. Prof. Gunnar Heinsohn has done work on this issue: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnar_Heinsohn in which his stratiography moves European history closer to us by 700 years and makes Charlemagne into a Roman General. His work is controversial but needs to be looked at. There is also some fascinating work by Prof. Felice Vinci who interprets the event of Homer’s epics as occurring in Scandinavia, that the Trojans were Finns and the Greeks were Swedes who later migrated to the Aegean as the enigmatic “Peoples of the Sea” recorded in Egyptian records. See his well documented and rigorous “The Baltic Origins of Homer’s Epic Tales”. Most of this dating controversy stems from Immanuel Velikovsky’s “Ages in Chaos”.