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Can Genes Unravel A Viking Mystery
MSNBC ^ | 2-9-2006

Posted on 02/10/2006 11:15:24 AM PST by blam

Can genes unravel a Viking mystery?

DNA tests could shed new light on remains found in longboat

Scanpix / Reuters A1904 image shows the Oseberg Viking ship after its recovery in southern Norway. Scientists say DNA tests could yield new information about a queen and another woman whose remains were found in the ship.

OSLO, Norway - The grave of a mysterious Viking queen may hold the key to a 1,200-year-old case of suspected ritual killing, and scientists are planning to unearth her bones to find out.

She is one of two women whose fate has been a riddle ever since their bones were found in 1904 in a 72-foot (22-meter) longboat buried at Oseberg in south Norway, its oaken form preserved miraculously, with even its menacing, curling prow intact.

No one even knows the name of the queen, but the Oseberg boat stirred one of the archaeological sensations of the 20th century two decades before the discovery of the tomb of Egypt’s Pharaoh Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: can; genes; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; mystery; unravel; viking

1 posted on 02/10/2006 11:15:28 AM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 02/10/2006 11:15:59 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

Yes we can. But we don't want to.


3 posted on 02/10/2006 11:16:38 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: blam

I like how scientists just unearth any damn thing they want. If they were to try and dig up and modern grave there would be outcries.


4 posted on 02/10/2006 11:25:36 AM PST by One Proud Dad
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To: blam

What would be the benefit?


5 posted on 02/10/2006 11:27:49 AM PST by MarxSux
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To: blam

Mmmm Viking Queen... I'm picturing a blonde Xena... mmmmm.


6 posted on 02/10/2006 11:49:18 AM PST by ExpatCanuck
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To: ExpatCanuck; Xenalyte

Ping


7 posted on 02/10/2006 11:53:19 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: One Proud Dad
Once all family members are gone, unless there are other people with a definite relationship to the "dear departed" - why not add to the sum of human knowledge?

Do I have any claim on the grave of an early Jewish profit because I am nominally Jewish?

Your question does have a whiff of NAGPRA about it - was this intentional or incidental.
8 posted on 02/10/2006 12:43:58 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon Liberty, it is essential to examine principle)
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To: blam

A contemporary account by an Arab traveler.....ROP did 'em in?


9 posted on 02/10/2006 12:50:20 PM PST by Safetgiver (Noone spoke when the levee done broke, Blanco cried and Nagin lied.)
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To: GladesGuru

"NAGPRA" ?

I just think there is a double standard here.


10 posted on 02/10/2006 12:53:56 PM PST by One Proud Dad
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To: ExpatCanuck
Mmmm Viking Queen... I'm picturing a blonde Xena... mmmmm.

I'm picturing a limp-wristed sissy wearing a fur hat with horns.

11 posted on 02/10/2006 12:58:49 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: blam

bump


12 posted on 02/10/2006 1:01:35 PM PST by VOA
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To: One Proud Dad
"I like how scientists just unearth any damn thing they want. If they were to try and dig up and modern grave there would be outcries."

I have given some thought to this. I was walking around a graveyard the other day and it is obvious many were /are forgotten especially the ones dated to the early 1800's. I thought to myself, is this it?

Now, I've also read that because the soil around here is so acidic that most of the people buried during the Civil War are all gone, absolutely nothing left of them underground, only a forgotten, weathered stone above ground...

13 posted on 02/10/2006 2:39:00 PM PST by blam
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To: GladesGuru

That early Jewish "profit" grave sounds as if Washington D.C. was founded earlier than we thought


14 posted on 02/10/2006 3:39:15 PM PST by oldtimer2 (Liberal: a power worshipper without power....George Orwell)
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To: blam; FairOpinion; Ernest_at_the_Beach; StayAt HomeMother; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; asp1; ...
Thanks Blam.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list. Thanks.
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15 posted on 02/10/2006 8:53:09 PM PST by SunkenCiv ([singing] Kaboom, kaboom, ya da da da da da, ya da da da da da...)
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To: blam

Burial in a pile baking soda at high altitude has the potential of turning you into a future archaeological find. :')


16 posted on 02/10/2006 8:55:42 PM PST by SunkenCiv ([singing] Kaboom, kaboom, ya da da da da da, ya da da da da da...)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Burial in a pile baking soda at high altitude has the potential of turning you into a future archaeological find. :')"

Cover me with a truck load of lime, lol.

17 posted on 02/10/2006 9:00:43 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Test the Viking Queen and see if she shares DNA with Queen Elizabeth and other Royals.


18 posted on 02/10/2006 9:00:55 PM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: blam
Viking queen?


19 posted on 02/10/2006 9:44:55 PM PST by Perdogg ("Facts are stupid things." - President Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: blam

I am researching my Northern Neck roots (that sounds weird!) hoping to be able to prove a link to Jamestown before the 2007 celebration. Not easy because the Stafford courthouse was burned during the Civil War, as was the plantation with the family bible with the extensive family tree. (Durned Yankees!)

Learned yesterday that there is an old Peyton family cemetary near Colonial Beach that has 40-50 graves with no legible markers. God only knows who is buried there -- could be the master and the mistress, could be the slaves, could be someone passing by. Nobody is going to exhume them any time soon.

But they are digging up people in Jamestown.


20 posted on 02/11/2006 5:06:32 AM PST by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: blam

Wow, check out the carving done on that prow. You just can't find that kind of skilled craftsmanship these days.


21 posted on 02/11/2006 5:19:33 AM PST by AFreeBird (your mileage may vary)
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To: CobaltBlue

My roots go back to the Northern Neck too. There is a record of one of my ancestors getting married in Westmoreland County in 1641.

Have you visited Stratford Hall yet? It's well worth a visit, especially in the Fall.


22 posted on 02/11/2006 5:39:45 AM PST by Renfield (If Gene Tracy was the entertainment at your senior prom, YOU might be a redneck...)
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To: Renfield

Never been to Stratford Hall. I keep meaning to go there.

Are you eligible to join the Jamestown Society? It sounds like you might be. You don't have to be descended from the original group, they take people who came later.
http://www.jamestowne.org/

My family used to sort of tolerate my genealogy hobby but when I told them I was trying to get us into the Jamestown Society they quit teasing me.


23 posted on 02/11/2006 5:56:09 AM PST by CobaltBlue (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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