Skip to comments.Can Genes Unravel A Viking Mystery
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 Egypts Pharaoh Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings.
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Yes we can. But we don't want to.
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.
What would be the benefit?
Mmmm Viking Queen... I'm picturing a blonde Xena... mmmmm.
A contemporary account by an Arab traveler.....ROP did 'em in?
I just think there is a double standard here.
I'm picturing a limp-wristed sissy wearing a fur hat with horns.
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...
That early Jewish "profit" grave sounds as if Washington D.C. was founded earlier than we thought
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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.
Test the Viking Queen and see if she shares DNA with Queen Elizabeth and other Royals.
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.
Wow, check out the carving done on that prow. You just can't find that kind of skilled craftsmanship these days.
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.
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.
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.