Thanks! These posts are very interesting!
The form of the Viking long ship has always had me enthralled. One of my fondest wishes would be to see one of the Great ships replicated in all their glory. The Oseburg ship is dark and plain, yet its beauty shines through.
Imagine in your mind’s eye the following: [from Nova web site]
The impression that a Viking fleet must have made under full sail can scarcely be imagined today, but a rhapsodizing monk at the monastery of St. Omer, France, tried his best to evoke the sailing of the royal Danish fleet in A.D. 1013:
When at length they were all gathered, they went on board the towered ships...On one side lions molded in gold were to be seen on the ships, on the other birds on the tops of the masts indicated by their movements the winds as they blew, or dragons of various kinds poured fire from their nostrils...But why should I now dwell upon the sides of the ships, which were not only painted with ornate colors but were covered with gold and silver figures?...The blue water, smitten by many oars, might be seen foaming far and wide, and the sunlight, cast back in the gleam of metal, spread a double radiance in the air.
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More accurately they were able to trace her DESCENDANTS to the Black Sea area. The only way of knowing where she was from would be to do mineralogical analysis of her teeth and bones.
Just because people living in the Black Sea area today have similar DNA does not place her there. It would be like someone analyzing my mother's grandparents bones in a Canadian cemetery and declaring they must have been from California because their DNA is all over the population here.