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Viking warriors and treasures are buried beneath Dublin
IrishCentral ^ | July 27,2014 | Staff Writers

Posted on 08/02/2014 9:51:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

A massive research project, 15 years in the making, has revealed that beneath Dublin’s modern streets lies a trove of buried Viking warriors and artifacts.

Archaeologists say the number of Viking warrior burials in Dublin is astounding. A project cataloguing these burials was began in 1999. Now nearing its conclusion, the project will result in the publication of an 800-page tome titled ‘Viking Graves and Grave Goods in Ireland.’

...the National Museum of Ireland... houses a Viking exhibition, which includes a ninth century Viking skeleton with sword and spearhead, found in the War Memorial Park, Islandbridge in 1934.

Between the late 18th century and 1934, at least 59 graves were discovered in the Kilmainham-Islandbridge area. Some are still turning up.

The vast quantities of artifacts, dating from between AD 841 and AD 902, found indicate the importance and wealth of Dublin at the time.

Says Harrison: “Not every Viking was buried with artefacts. These are aristocratic burials.”

“There is something phenomenal happening in Dublin,” archaeologist Linzi Simpson told the Irish Times. “The annals record these vast numbers of warriors coming to Dublin, and recent work is now matching that with the archaeology. We used to think the annals were prone to exaggeration, and maybe the Vikings weren’t so bad. But now there is a swing towards, ‘Jeepers, they were fairly catastrophic.’”

The bodies were buried on both sides of the Liffey and along the Poddle. In 2003, Simpson excavated four Viking warriors in South Great George’s Street, with three believed to have been buried from about AD 670-AD 882 and the other sometime later.

Vikings were first spotted off the coast of Ireland in AD 792.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: fartyshadesofgreen; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; ireland; vikings
Dang, the photo is Getty.

1 posted on 08/02/2014 9:51:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 08/02/2014 9:51:48 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Despite the strong Viking presence, not much Viking DNA has been found by geneticists in Ireland.

Things that make you go hmmm?

3 posted on 08/02/2014 9:57:20 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

Maybe they wiped up after themselves.

Maybe they carried off the women and children they’d fathered.

Maybe their fairly small numbers resulted in the usual power of two reduction erasing most traces.


4 posted on 08/02/2014 10:02:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Maybe they carried off the women,only the good looking ones.


5 posted on 08/02/2014 10:06:10 AM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: SunkenCiv

This makes me remember a tour I took of Ireland in 2001. Everytime a car came at us, threatening to force our large bus off one of the narrow Irish roads, our tour guide would mutter, “D***d Vikings!?


6 posted on 08/02/2014 10:11:55 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SunkenCiv

They couldn’t handle the Guinness either.


7 posted on 08/02/2014 10:37:22 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: SunkenCiv

Perhaps Dublin just wants to cash in like York (old York that is, not New York...:^)

http://jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/

I was on a visit to York (late 70’s) when they first discovered artifacts while digging for a new office building foundation.

York has certainly turned it into a money maker. Dublin could do well to copy.


8 posted on 08/02/2014 10:57:14 AM PDT by az_gila
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To: SunkenCiv

Perhaps their were rules, something akin to those against miscegenation, that were more scrupulously obeyed than we moderns believe.


9 posted on 08/02/2014 11:03:04 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SunkenCiv
A Viking Funeral


10 posted on 08/02/2014 11:07:29 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: SunkenCiv
So I'm a descendant of the Vikings? That would explain a lot...like why it is I've always been so relentless.
11 posted on 08/02/2014 5:12:16 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (We're The First Generation Not Forced To Fight To Defend Our Freedom.And It Shows!)
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12 posted on 08/02/2014 5:14:44 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Could be very interesting. I wonder how much disruption of the city’s usual business will occur, though.

On a side note: This phrase jumped out at me— “was began”. The Irish were once well-educated. ~sigh~


13 posted on 08/02/2014 5:48:35 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: jjotto

Maybe they should be looking for Irish DNA in Norway, or in the Faroe Islands or Iceland then.


14 posted on 08/02/2014 9:14:14 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Perhaps he was just remembering their four failed Super Bowl attempts, rotten coaching, and poor draft choices.


15 posted on 08/03/2014 8:32:33 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: SunkenCiv
"Archaeologists say the number of Viking warrior burials in Dublin is astounding."

But what explains the dearth of viking clerk-typist burials?

16 posted on 08/03/2014 8:37:43 AM PDT by Flag_This (You can't spell "treason" without the "O".)
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To: OldNewYork
The Vikings raided the British Islands for slaves. They definitely carried away the women.

"Ancient DNA analysis of the Icelandic settlers

Analysis of contemporary DNA shows that the mitrocondrial DNA (mtDNA) is primarily of Scottish/Irish decent while Y chromosomes are primarily Scandinavian. You can probably draw your own conclusions from that."

17 posted on 08/03/2014 10:29:20 AM PDT by Varda
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To: Flag_This

They scratched their runes into rock using whatever weapon was handy. :’)


18 posted on 08/03/2014 10:43:04 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

My impression is the Vikings made much less of an impact on Ireland than Britain. Less land occupied for a much shorter time. I suppose Britain was much more lucrative looting.


19 posted on 08/05/2014 1:06:00 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker
My impression is the Vikings made much less of an impact on Ireland than Britain. Less land occupied for a much shorter time. I suppose Britain was much more lucrative looting.


It was a shorter boat trip to Yorkshire - their capital when they ruled N. England...:^)

20 posted on 08/05/2014 6:27:01 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: colorado tanker

Ireland’s monasteries were tremendously rich pickings for the Vikings. I’d be surprised if they wanted to expend the effort to occupy anything past the coasts and estuaries. In Britain their cousins the Jutes had made major settlements over the post-Roman centuries, as had their more distant cousins the Angles and Saxons. That hadn’t happened in Ireland. The area of East Anglia was quite low down, and the river estuaries were broader and reached further inland during the medieval warming period. Geographically they were of course closer. Another thing that went on in Ireland, which I don’t recall from British middle ages, was seagoing warfare between Viking chieftains. The intermarriage was pretty extensive, based on the first names and surnames, and marital alliances between petty Viking kings and petty Irish kings were commonplace. It’s not necessarily something the Irish crow about though. :’)


21 posted on 08/08/2014 6:16:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

IIRC, there is a lot of Irish blood in Iceland. Apparently Ireland was a popular place for Vikings to “find” brides.


22 posted on 08/10/2014 1:56:24 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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