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  • New Viking DNA research yields unexpected information about who they were

    09/16/2020 9:53:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | September 16, 2020 | Simon Fraser University
    ...the research team extracted and analysed DNA from the remains of 442 men, women and children... from archaeological sites in Scandinavia, the U.K., Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland and Russia, and mostly date to the Viking Age (ca. 750-1050 AD). The team's analyses yielded a number of findings. One of the most noteworthy is that contrary to what has often been assumed, Viking identity was not limited to people of Scandinavian ancestry -- the team discovered that two skeletons from a Viking burial site in the Orkney Islands were of Scottish ancestry. They also found evidence that there was...
  • The Frozen Echo: Greenland and the Exploration of North America ca. A.D. 1000-1500

    09/03/2020 7:19:41 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Stanford University Press ^ | since 1996 | unattributed
    It is now generally accepted the Leif Eriksson sailed from Greenland across the Davis Strait and made landfalls on the North American continent almost a thousand years ago, but what happened in this vast area during the next five hundred years has long been a source of disagreement among scholars. Using new archeological, scientific, and documentary information (much of it in Scandinavian languages that are a bar to most Western historians), this book confronts many of the unanswered questions about early exploration and colonization along the shores of the Davis Strait. The author brings together two distinct but tangential fields...
  • Britain’s first ever Viking helmet discovered

    08/07/2020 4:34:18 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 28 replies
    A corroded, damaged helmet unearthed in Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, in the 1950s is a rare, 10th century Anglo-Scandinavian helmet, the first ever found in Britain and only the second nearly complete Viking helmet found in the world. **** The hammer marks covering the surface and ragged edges of the infill plates show the helmet was made at a blacksmiths forge without benefit of additional refinement. The rivet holes were punched through hot metal from the outer side, ensuring a smooth exterior that would not catch bladed weapons. The out turned lip of the brow band was a later alteration, pushing the...
  • Vikings had smallpox and may have helped spread the world's deadliest virus

    07/25/2020 10:53:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | July 23, 2020 | St John's College, University of Cambridge
    Scientists have discovered extinct strains of smallpox in the teeth of Viking skeletons - proving for the first time that the killer disease plagued humanity for at least 1400 years. Smallpox spread from person to person via infectious droplets, killed around a third of sufferers and left another third permanently scarred or blind. Around 300 million people died from it in the 20th century alone before it was officially eradicated in 1980 through a global vaccination effort - the first human disease to be wiped out... He said: "We discovered new strains of smallpox in the teeth of Viking skeletons...
  • Archaeologists Think They've Found The Oldest Viking Longhouse In Iceland

    07/07/2020 8:40:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    LADbible ^ | June 24, 2020 | Tom Wood
    Archaeologists have unearthed what could potentially be the oldest Viking settlement in Iceland. It's an ancient longhouse that is reckoned to have been built in around 800 AD, which is decades earlier than the Vikings were thought to have colonised that part of the world. Oh, and it was found beneath another slightly less old longhouse that was packed with treasure, according to archaeologist Bjarni Einarsson, who was in charge of the excavations at the site. He told Live Science that the longhouse above was probably that of a chieftain, saying: "The younger hall is the richest in Iceland so...
  • Fungus is destroying a buried Viking ship. Here's how Norway plans to save it. [the Gjellestad ship]

    05/20/2020 8:27:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 15, 2020 | Laura Geggel, Associate Editor
    If the project is successful, the 65-foot-long (20 meters) oak vessel -- called the Gjellestad ship -- will become the first Viking ship to be excavated in Norway in 115 years, said Sveinung Rotevatn, the Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment... The ship is buried at a well-known Viking archaeological site at Gjellestad, near Halden, a town in southeastern Norway. But scientists discovered the vessel only recently, in the fall of 2018, by using radar scans that can detect structures underground. The scans revealed not only the ship, but also the Viking cemetery where it was ritually buried. The team...
  • Bone analyzes tell about kitchen utensils in the Middle Ages [copper]

    03/28/2020 8:19:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    University of Southern Denmark, SDU ^ | March 17, 2020 | Birgitte Svennevig
    Clay pots? Wooden spoons? Copper pots? Silver forks? What materials has man used for making kitchen utensils throughout history? A new study now sheds light on the use of kitchen utensils made of copper... The research team has analyzed bones from 553 skeletons that are between 1200 and 200 years old. They all come from nine, now abandoned cemeteries in Jutland, Denmark and Northern Germany. The skeletons are today kept at Schloss Gottorf in Schleswig, Germany and at the University of Southern Denmark... It is different with the high concentrations of copper now revealed to have been ingested by our...
  • Ancient Viking ship discovered buried next to church using breakthrough georadar technology

    11/27/2019 12:27:31 PM PST · by robowombat · 23 replies
    Keep the Faith ^ | Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Harry Cockburn
    Ancient Viking ship discovered buried next to church using breakthrough georadar technology A Viking ship believed to be over 1,000 years old has been discovered buried next to a church in Norway. Archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) announced they had found the ship, believed to have been used in a traditional ship burial, using “breakthrough” large-scale high-resolution georadar technology. The remains of the 17m vessel are buried just below the top-soil, at Edøy church on Edøya island in western Norway. Archaeologists have suggested parts of the structure may have been damaged by ploughing. The team...
  • Two UK treasure hunters sentenced for stealing Viking-era coins

    11/24/2019 10:44:51 AM PST · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2019 | Louis Casiano
    Two amateur treasure hunters were sentenced Friday to lengthy prison terms for stealing millions of dollars worth of 1,100-year-old coins. The coins date back to the period when the Anglo-Saxons were battling Vikings for control of England. British metal detectorists George Powell, 38, and Layton Davies, 51, dug up the 300 coins along with gold and silver jewelry in 2015 on farmland in central England but never reported it. That reporting is a legal requirement. Prosecutor Kevin Hegarty said the coins were estimated to be worth $3.9 million to $15.4 million. The archaeological wonders are believed to have been buried by a member of the Viking army that was being pushed across England...
  • Mysterious double Viking boat burial discovered

    11/22/2019 12:30:25 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 22, 2019 | James Rogers
    A mysterious double Viking boat burial has been discovered in Norway, intriguing experts. Last month archaeologists excavating a site at Vinjeroa in central Norway uncovered the boat grave of a woman who died in the second half of the 9th century. Shell-shaped gilded bronze brooches and a crucifix-shaped brooch fashioned from an Irish harness fitting were found in the grave, along with a pearl necklace, two pairs of scissors, part of a spindle and a cow’s skull, according to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
  • Genetic analysis reveals Vikings had a wide and diverse family tree

    11/03/2019 7:06:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies
    New Scientist ^ | July 30, 2019 | Michael Marshall
    "Viking genetics and Viking ancestry is used quite a lot in extremist right-wing circles," says Cat Jarman at the University of Bristol in the UK, who wasn't involved in the study. Many white supremacists identify with a "very pure Viking race of just people from Scandinavia, who had no influence from anywhere else".
  • Vikings probably hunted Iceland's walruses to extinction for ivory

    09/24/2019 12:52:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 16 September 2019 | Colin Barras
    Iceland was once home to a unique subspecies of walrus, but the animals had vanished by the mid-14th century, just 500 years after the arrival of Norse settlers... Researchers have known for years that walruses once lived on Iceland, but opinion has been divided on whether they vanished before or after humans arrived. To settle the debate, Morten Tange Olsen and Xénia Keighley at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark carbon dated the remains of 34 walruses found in western Iceland. Three of the walruses died after the year 874 – the date permanent settlers are thought to have reached...
  • Monastery of 7th-Century Scottish Princess (and Saint) Possibly Discovered

    03/18/2019 6:23:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Live Science ^ | 3/11/19 | Laura Geggel
    Archaeologists and citizen scientists have unearthed what may be the monastery of Princess Aebbe, who was born a pagan but later spread Christianity along the northeastern British coast during the seventh century. Once the pagan-turned-Christian princess (615-668) became an abbess, she established the monastery at Coldingham, a village in the southeast of Scotland. But the monastery was short-lived; Viking raiders destroyed it it in 870. Archaeologists have been looking for the remains of this monastery for decades. Excavators have now located a narrow, circular ditch, which is likely the "vallum," or the boundary that surrounded Aebbe's religious settlement, DigVentures, a...
  • The most disturbing thing about Viking raids isn't what you think

    01/30/2019 2:30:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Grunche ^ | January 30, 2019
    Throughout history, there have been groups who have struck fear into the hearts of those who heard their name… and those who saw them coming. The Vikings were one of those peoples, renowned in their own time for their brutality and the devastation their longboats brought.They first landed on British shores in 789, and according to the BBC, the people of Wessex first extended the hand of cautious peace. They sent a reeve — a local magistrate — to meet them, and he was immediately killed. That pretty much set the tone for the decades of Viking incursions that would...
  • 700-year-old Danish 'Civil War' coins uncovered

    02/13/2016 1:07:58 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    The Local ^ | Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | unattributed
    A horde of 700 year-old coins has been found by a group of metal detectors in a Jutland field being excavated by archaeologists, the Viborg Museum announced on Wednesday. Coins dating back to a tumultuous period of civil war in Denmark were found in a field south of Foulum and are being put on display at the Viborg Museum. The museum said that three members of the Central Jutland Detector Society (Midtjysk Detektorforening) discovered the mediaeval coins, which are thought to have been hidden during the first half of the 1300s, a period of internal unrest in Denmark which culminated...
  • The Viking Torture Method So Grisly Some Historians Don’t Believe It Actually Happened

    11/23/2018 8:05:31 PM PST · by vannrox · 73 replies
    All that's Interesting ^ | November 5, 2018 | William DeLong
    Viking sagas describe the ritual execution of blood eagle, in which victims were kept alive while their backs were sliced open so that their ribs, lungs, and intestines could be pulled out into the shape of bloody wings. PinterestA blood eagle execution. The Vikings didn’t come into towns walking on moonbeams and rainbows. If their sagas are to be believed, the Vikings cruelly tortured their enemies in the name of their god Odin as they conquered territory. If the suggestion of a blood eagle was even uttered, one left town and never looked back. Viking sagas define blood eagle as...
  • An Interview of Arthur Herman (Your Welcome)

    11/01/2018 6:02:51 PM PDT · by OddLane · 12 replies
    Your Welcome ^ | 1/1/18 | Michael Malice
    On this episode of "YOUR WELCOME" Michael Malice is joined by author and historian Arthur Herman. Arthur has written a number of books including The Idea of Decline in Western History, How the Scots Invented the Modern World about the Scottish enlightenment and Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Listen as he talks to Michael about Plato and Aristotle, Douglas MacArthur, Joe McCarthy and his forthcoming book about the Vikings...
  • Thousands of objects discovered in Scandinavia's first Viking city

    09/15/2018 11:16:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | September 13, 2018 | Soren M. Sindbaek for ScienceNordic
    Archaeologists from Aarhus University and Southwest Jutland Museums (Denmark) have been excavating... down to three metres... Thousands of items discovered beneath the streets of Ribe... everything from beads, amulets, coins, and lost combs, to dog excrement and gnawed bones... a piece of a lyre (a harp-like stringed instrument), complete with tuning pegs. This discovery alone gives the Viking trading city of Ribe a whole new soundtrack.Another extraordinary find is the discovery of runic inscriptions...The people who lived here weren't primarily farmers for household purposes but were craftsmen, seafarers, tradesmen, innkeepers, and maybe even lyrists...The early period of Ribe is a...
  • Viking Skeleton’s DNA Test Proves Historians Wrong

    09/08/2017 11:54:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 8, 2017 | Natalie O'Neill
    The remains of a powerful viking — long thought to be a man — was in fact a real-life Xena Warrior Princess, a study released Friday reveals. The lady war boss was buried in the mid-10th century along with deadly weapons and two horses, leading archaeologists and historians to assume she was a man, according to the findings, published in in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Wrong. “It’s actually a woman, somewhere over the age of 30 and fairly tall, too, measuring around [5’6″] tall ,” archaeologist Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson of Uppsala University, who conducted the study, told The Local.
  • The first female Viking warrior: DNA study reveals high-ranking military leader buried [tr]

    09/08/2017 12:21:49 PM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 8, 2017 | Cheyenne McDonald
    Viking era tales of fearsome female warriors fighting side-by-side with men have long aroused suspicions that women may, too, have dominated the battlefield. But, with little evidence to prove their presence, the idea has remained controversial, and many have dismissed it as folklore. Now, for the first time, scientists have confirmed the existence of a female Viking warrior, using DNA retrieved from a 10th century skeleton buried in the Swedish Viking town, Birka.