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  • New Iron Age Sites Discovered in Finland [Roman era]

    01/11/2014 9:30:28 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Friday, January 10, 2014 | unattributed
    Artifacts included a battle axe, a knife, and a bronze buckle, all associated with burned human bones, initially thought to be dated to around 1000 - 1200 CE before analysis. Similar objects have been discovered in the Baltic Sea area and in Ladoga Karelia. Identical cape buckles have also been found in Gotland. But based on the University of Helsinki analysis, the cremation grave finds date to a time that is significantly earlier -- during the Viking Age between 775-980 CE, based on their application of AMS (Accelerator Mass Spectrometry) techniques... ...in the area between the towns of Loviisa and...
  • Two Iron Age Sites Discovered in Finland

    09/03/2012 6:21:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Thursday, September 6, 2012 | unattributed
    In the autumn of 2010, local amateur archaeologists discovered a large harbor, dating from around 1000-1200 AD, in Ahvenkoski village, at the mouth of western branch of the Kymijoki River in Finland. The findings included a smithy, a iron smelting furnace, forceps, as well as hundreds of iron objects such as boat rivets, similar to those found at Viking settlements in different parts of the Baltic, Scandinavia, Scotland and Iceland. More recently, in August of 2012 and in the same area, a 2 x 3 meter wide late Viking Age or Crusade period cremation grave was uncovered. Artifacts included a...
  • Polish family treasure an archaeological sensation in Sweden

    12/19/2014 11:36:36 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    PAP - Science and Scholarship in Poland ^ | May 12, 2014 | Daniel Zysk
    A small gold plate belonging to Polish family Sielscy from the Swedish Malmoe turned out to be an archaeological sensation. According to the researchers, it is probably a souvenir from the funeral of the Danish King Harald Bluetooth on the island of Wolin, dated to c. 986 AD. The discovery was made by 11 years old Maja Sielska, who diligently did her school homework about the Middle Ages. While looking through pictures of coins from this period in the textbook and on the Internet, the girl saw a plate with mysterious inscriptions similar to the one she had received from...
  • Archaeologists uncover Harald Bluetooth's royal palace

    06/24/2010 6:04:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Copenhagen Post ^ | Thursday, June 24, 2010 | unattributed
    In what they describe as a 'sensational' discovery, archaeologists from Århus find the remains of 10th century king's royal residence. After speculating for centuries about its location, the royal residence of Harald Bluetooth has finally been discovered close to the ancient Jellinge complex with its famous runic stones in southern Jutland. The remains of the ancient wooden buildings were uncovered in the north-eastern corner of the Jellinge complex which consists of royal burial mounds, standing stones in the form of a ship and runic stones. Harald ruled Denmark between 940 and 985 AD and is reputed to have conquered Norway...
  • Viking Gainsborough: Former capital promotes Sweyn Forkbeard links

    12/27/2014 9:35:55 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 27 replies
    http://www.bbc.com ^ | 25 December 2014 | unknown
    A town that was briefly capital of England is looking to make more of its links with a Viking king who ruled for just 40 days. Sweyn Forkbeard, the nation's shortest reigning monarch, began his rule on Christmas Day, 1001 years ago in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Officials want to twin the town with Sweyn's birthplace of Roskilde, Denmark and stage a festival. They also hope to mark his death with a re-enactment of a Viking burial.
  • Digging up the 'Spanish Vikings'

    12/22/2014 4:27:00 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    University of Aberdeen News ^ | 18 December 2014 | Euan Wemyss
    Dr Garcia Losquino, who is from the region, was compelled to visit Galicia in Northern Spain unexpectedly when a number of Viking anchors were washed ashore in a storm in March 2014... "On the beach where the anchors were found there was a big mound which locals thought might have been a motte-and-bailey construction, which was used by the later Vikings in France. But with the help of a geographer using tomography we now think this was a longphort -- a Viking construction only found in Ireland during the early Viking age, and very similar to English Viking camps, where...
  • Ancient DNA Sheds New Light on Arctic's Earliest People

    08/28/2014 4:40:35 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 8-28-14 | Heather Pringle
    The earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from others in the region for millennia before vanishing around 700 years ago, a new genetic analysis shows. The study, published online Thursday, also reveals that today's Inuit and Native Americans of the Arctic are genetically distinct from the region's first settlers. Inuit hunters in the Canadian Arctic have long told stories about a mysterious ancient people known as the Tunit, who once inhabited the far north. Tunit men, they recalled, possessed powerful magic and were strong enough to crush the neck of a walrus and singlehandedly haul the massive...
  • Inuit and viking contact in ancient times

    03/02/2009 3:04:03 PM PST · by BGHater · 4 replies · 906+ views
    The Arctic Sounder ^ | 26 Feb 2009 | RONALD BROWER
    Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts. There are many stories of “Qalunaat,” white-skinned strangers who were encountered in Inuit occupied lands in times of old. Much of the traditional life had changed by the 1840s when Hinrich Johannes Rink went to Greenland to study geology and later became the governor of Greenland. Johannes was soon drawn to a new interest in the Inuit language and folklore, which he viewed as national treasures. He published old stories collected in 1866 “Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo” in which he included some early contact stories with the Qalunaat. In...
  • DNA Tests Debunk Blond Inuit Legend

    10/31/2003 8:11:18 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 404+ views
    CBC News ^ | 10-28-2003 | CBC News staff
    DNA tests debunk blond Inuit legend Last Updated Tue, 28 Oct 2003 11:36:10 CAMBRIDGE BAY, NUNAVUT - Two Icelandic scientists have shot holes in the theory of the missing Norse tribes of the Arctic. Agnar Helgason and Gisli Palsson say their DNA tests have failed to find any evidence that Europeans mingled genetically with Inuit half a millennium ago. Agnar Helgason The scientists made the statement after a visit to Cambridge Bay last week. Rumours of blue-eyed, blond-haired Inuit have circulated through the Arctic since the turn of the century. They were thought to possibly descend from a group of...
  • Ancient walrus bone discovered in south Iceland

    03/12/2007 1:05:38 PM PDT · by Kimmers · 65 replies · 1,528+ views
    A bone which came from the penis of a walrus (Os penis) and is believed to be 10,000 to 12,000 years old, was discovered in a gravel mine by Lambafell in Ölfuss in south Iceland a few weeks ago. Sigurdur Sigurdsson, a veterinarian, handed the bone over to the Museum in Thorlákshöfn at a special ceremony last weekend, RÚV reports. The bone was found at an altitude of 285 meters above sea level. Sigurdsson said it is unprecedented that a bone from a sea animal is discovered at such a high altitude. Barbara Gudnadóttir, the cultural representative of Ölfuss, told...
  • Are the Narragansett and other American Indians the descendants of Viking settlers?

    07/24/2002 6:25:27 PM PDT · by vannrox · 12 replies · 571+ views
    The Vinland Sagas ^ | July, 2000 | Frederick N. Brown
    Plain Talk on the Genetic Issue For some, a world outlook entails a vision of permanence and stability; that like the day, time commenced at some point and will continue to another; that the world is fixed, unchanging, and immutable - all that is necessary for human comfort is written for the ages as preparation for a coming Winter.Others see the universe in constant flux; that when the Lord made time, He made it in plenty - perhaps to see that not everything would happen all at once - that all things ~ all life ~ is in motion; that...
  • Spanish documents suggest Irish arrived in America before Columbus

    05/14/2014 10:36:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Irish Central ^ | May 13, 2014 04:12 AM | Kerry O’Shea
    While Christopher Columbus is generally credited with having discovered America in 1492, a 1521 Spanish report provides inklings of evidence that there were, in fact, Irish people settled in America prior to Columbus’ journey. […] In 1520, Peter Martyr d’Anghiera, a historian and professor, was appointed by Carlos V to be chronicler for the new Council of the Indies. Though Martyr died in 1526, his report, founded on several weeks of interviews, was published posthumously in a book named De Orbe Novo (About the New World). […] While interviewing Spanish colonists, Martyr took note of their vicious treatment of Chicora...
  • The mystery of the magical 'Ulfberht' Viking sword - Researchers close in on the German 'supermonks'

    12/18/2014 6:55:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 18, 2014 | Mark Prigg
    It was the sword of choice for the discerning Viking - superstrong, and almost unbeatable in battle. Yet mystery surrounds a small number of Viking swords researchers have uncovered. They are all inscribed with a single word - 'Ulfberht', which experts believe may reveal their maker.
  • Evidence of Viking/Norse metalworking in Arctic Canada

    12/17/2014 7:39:36 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | December 15, 2014 | Dawn Peters
    A small stone container found by archaeologists a half-century ago has now been recognized as further evidence of a Viking or Medieval Norse presence in Arctic Canada during the centuries around 1000 A.D. Researchers reporting in the journal Geoarchaeology discovered that the interior of the container, which was found at an archaeological site on southern Baffin Island, contains fragments of bronze as well as small spherules of glass that form when rock is heated to high temperatures. The object is a crucible for melting bronze, likely in order to cast it into small tools or ornaments. Indigenous peoples of northern...
  • 1000-year old Viking treasure hoard found in Scotland

    10/13/2014 12:12:29 PM PDT · by dware · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10.13.2014 | Reuters via Yahoo!
    LONDON (Reuters) - A hoard of Viking gold and silver artifacts dating back over 1,000 years has been discovered by a treasure hunter with a metal detector in Scotland, in a find hailed by experts as one of the country's most significant.
  • Behind Peterson's perfect image lay an imperfect human being

    10/06/2014 11:40:47 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 6 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | October 6, 2014 | Mike Kaszuba, Rochelle Olson and Paul McEnroe
    Adrian Peterson was the face of the Vikings and marketing magic, his brushes with the law and personal life ignored – until suddenly no one could look away.With a new season, a new coach and a $1 billion stadium on the way, the Minnesota Vikings turned to their undisputed star last summer to appear on the team’s yearbook cover: Adrian Peterson, standing confidently in a dirty purple jersey. In an accompanying interview, Peterson said it was easy being the public face of the Vikings because “I don’t really get into a lot of trouble.” Just a few weeks later, he...
  • World War II Veteran Given Viking Funeral; U.S. Coast Guard Agreed to Norse Send-Off

    10/03/2014 10:18:42 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, October 2, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    (U.S. Coast Guard photo) WWII veteran given Viking funeral; Coast Guard agreed to Norse send-off World War II veteran Andrew Haines decided years ago that he wanted a Norse-inspired funeral upon his death, and the U.S. Coast Guard obliged. Mr. Haines, who emigrated from Norway in 1927, scaled down blueprints for a 100-foot ship to a few feet in the years before he died. It was then up to the Coast Guard to decide whether it would ignite the boat and send-off Mr. Haines‘ cremated remains in accordance with his wishes. “Oh, I was thrilled,” Mr. Haines’ son Andy...
  • A Viking Burial Described by Arab Writer Ahmad ibn Fadlan

    09/27/2014 2:26:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 57 replies
    Thor News ^ | May 12, 2012 | unattributed
    ...A 10th century Arab Muslim writer named Ahmad ibn Fadlan produced a description of a funeral of a Scandinavian, Swedish, chieftain who was on an expedition on the eastern route. The account is a unique source on the ceremonies surrounding the Viking funeral, of a chieftain. The dead chieftain was put in a temporary grave which was covered for ten days until they had sewn new clothes for him. One of his thrall women volunteered to join him in the afterlife and she was guarded day and night, being given a great amount of intoxicating drinks while she sang happily......
  • Did Saddam Hussein Do a Better Job Fighting Radical Muslims Than America?

    09/18/2014 7:53:44 AM PDT · by ComtedeMaistre · 84 replies
    Americans have to face the painful reality that Arabs are, when judged by 21st century Western Standards, a crazy people. This is not meant as an insult. Early this year, the Iraqi parliament proposed a law that would permit men to marry 9 year old girls. The law had the support of a majority of parliament. The law would also permit men to beat up and rape their wives, and prevent women from leaving the house without the permission of the husband. These SOBS are supposed to be the allies of America in the fight against ISIS. The Shia regime...
  • Mother of boy in Adrian Peterson case outraged over media's use of photos, law firm says

    09/17/2014 9:14:11 AM PDT · by gwjack · 25 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 9/16/14 | Staff
    This statement was released Tuesday afternoon from the law firm of Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin, P.L.L.P., representing the mother of the boy who is the subject of the Adrian Peterson indictment:
  • Adrian Peterson Suspension Shows Vikings, NFL Care About One Thing: Cash

    09/17/2014 9:11:44 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 32 replies
    The Bleacher Report ^ | 9/17/14 | Mike Freeman
    The announcement from the Vikings came at about 2 a.m. Gutless Standard Time. That means it took the team about 14 hours to cave from public pressure. "Cave" is the wrong word. Cower, run, scamper, bolt, run frantically and chickens--t might be better. In one moment, the Vikings were saying that Adrian Peterson deserved due process. In the next, he was effectively suspended. I'd have more respect for the team if it stuck by its wrongheaded stance. Instead, the Vikings basically said: We stand by Adrian Peterson and will let due process play out...ah hold on, sponsors are pulling out....
  • Radisson drops Vikings, for now

    09/15/2014 7:31:45 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    ESPN ^ | September 15, 2014
    The first sponsor has backed away from its involvement with the NFL amid the chaos that has enveloped the league over the past week. On Monday night, hours after its logo appeared on the banner behind Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman as he explained the team's decision to play running back Adrian Peterson in the near future, hotel chain Radisson announced it was suspending its sponsorship with the team.
  • Vikings star Adrian Peterson indicted in child injury case

    09/12/2014 3:07:06 PM PDT · by maggief · 168 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 12, 2014 | Frank Schwab
    The NFL, already swamped with negative news in what has been a horrible week for the league, now has to deal with Adrian Peterson, one of its biggest stars, being indicted for injuring a child. Multiple reports, including TMZ, Fox Sports and the Fox affiliate in Houston, said Peterson was indicted on Thursday in Montgomery County for reckless or negligent injury to a child. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the indictment stems from Peterson disciplining his son with a switch, which is a flexible rod.
  • Viking 'ring fortress' discovered in Denmark

    09/08/2014 11:44:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:22PM BST 06 Sep 2014 | Andrew Marszal
    The fortress found on the Danish island of Zealand, around 30 miles south of Copenhagen, is the fifth circular fortress to be unearthed, and the first in over 60 years. “This is great news,” said Lasse Sonne, a Viking historian from the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen. “Although there were Vikings in other countries, these circular fortresses are unique to Denmark. Many have given up hope that there were many of them left.” Like previously discovered ring fortresses, the Vallø Borgring is thought to date back to the late tenth century and the reign of Harald Bluetooth, the...
  • U of Minnesota to Vikings: Don’t let visiting Redskins display their name or logo

    08/09/2014 1:43:14 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 69 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/09/14 | Dan Calabrese
    You know, being a fan of the Minnesota Vikings is difficult enough just based on what happens on the field. We’re 0-4 in Super Bowls. We’ve got to deal with the stomach-curdling memories of the 1999 NFC Championship Game, not to mention 41-doughnut in the same game two years later, and the bounty-hunting Saints putting out a contract on Brett Favre in 2010. But on a cultural level . . . hey, what the heck did we do? We were just sitting here minding our own business. First we got stuck with a petulant, attention-mongering punter who couldn’t and can’t...
  • U-Minn. seeks to bar Redskins’ name at school’s stadium on Vikings game day

    08/08/2014 7:03:50 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 6, 2014 | Ian Shapira
    The University of Minnesota is working with the Minnesota Vikings in an effort to keep the Washington Redskins’ name from being used in “promotional and game date materials” during the NFL teams’ Nov. 2 game at the school’s stadium in Minneapolis, according to an Aug. 1 letter from university President Eric W. Kaler to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.).
  • Vikings Invade Spanish Village in 'Bloody' Festival

    08/04/2014 3:49:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Aug 2014
    Fifty thousand 'Vikings' landed on the shores of a small village in northern Spain on Sunday, as part of an annual festival which commemorates a Scandinavian invasion which took place a thousand years ago. On the first Sunday of August, Catoria is flooded with ‘blood-thirsty’ men and women from all across Europe. Dressed in animal skins and armed with the finest plastic weaponry, they disembark on the rugged Galician coast with the aim of capturing the Towers of the West, just as Norway’s King Olaf did a millennia ago. The ‘blood’ spilt during the simulated battles does taste distinctly like...
  • Viking warriors and treasures are buried beneath Dublin

    08/02/2014 9:51:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    IrishCentral ^ | July 27,2014 | Staff Writers
    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...
  • Viking nicknames

    05/02/2014 5:29:10 PM PDT · by Hugin · 38 replies
    Via Negativa ^ | August 3, 2007 | Dave Bonta
    according to the Icelandic sagas Every few years I re-read the Icelandic sagas in translation. This time, I kept a notepad handy and jotted down the more interesting nicknames. Here are a few of them. For those unfamiliar with the sagas, I should mention that they were regarded by the 12th- and 13th-century Icelanders for whom they were written as essentially factual works, albeit with some literary embellishments. In other words, the following names all belonged to ostensibly historical figures.
  • Ancient Mariners Reveal Tales From The Earth's Core

    05/12/2006 4:59:30 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 874+ views
    Nature ^ | 5-11-2006 | Phillip Ball
    <p>Ship logs and pottery show how the geomagnetic field has changed.</p> <p>Old ship records of magnetic north have helped to unravel a record of our planet's field.</p> <p>While sailors plied the Seven Seas in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, little did they know that their ships' logs would one day help scientists to reconstruct the history of the Earth's magnetic field.</p>
  • 'Vikings' Portrays Crucifixion as Normal Church Punishment for Apostates

    04/04/2014 7:19:32 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 4, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Your humble correspondent is a fan of the History Channel show, "Vikings." However, its historical accuracy leaves something to be desired to the extent that a week ago I posted a thread at IMDB, Things I Learned While Watching 'Vikings', which humorously mocked such inaccuracies as well as anachronisms on the show. Along with noticing that Rollo wore L.A. Ink type tattoos, I also took note of a completely unhistorical type of punishment meted out to the apostate monk Athelstan: "The Church punished apostate monks by crucifying them and doing their best to make them appear like Jesus including a...
  • "Vikings" vs "The Vikings"

    03/31/2014 4:53:34 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    Self | March 31, 2014 | PJ-Comix
    Aussie Ragnar vs Italian Ragnar. Smiling Ragnar vs Laughing Ragnar. Athelstan spoke Norse, Old Saxon, and English while Eric spoke Norse, English, and Guttural Bronx. Floki danced on floors while Einar danced on oars. Bjorn chopped off a head while Einar chopped off a pigtail. “Vikings” ate fish while Eric ate knish. Weird Ragnar son eye from prophecy vs weird Ragnar son eye from hawk. Ragnar warned “Never hesitate” while Eric wondered “Why did he hesitate?” Anachronisms: Rollo's L.A. Ink arm vs Morgana's Maidenform bra.
  • Researchers suggest Vikings used crystals with sun compass to steer at night

    03/29/2014 9:14:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 61 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | March 26, 2014 | Bob Yirka
    A team of researchers working in Hungary has proposed that a sun compass artifact found in a convent in 1948 might have been used in conjunction with crystals to allow Vikings to guide their boats even at night. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, the team describes theories they've developed that might explain how Viking sailors were able to so accurately sail to places such as Greenland. Since the discovery of the sun compass fragment, researchers have theorized that Viking sailors used them to plot their course—at least when the...
  • Things I Learned While Watching "Vikings"

    03/28/2014 7:16:33 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 110 replies
    Self | March 28, 2014 | PJ-Comix
    1. Bjorn Lodbrok has a worse haircut than Kim Jong Un. 2. Beware the Duke of Earl...Haraldson. 3. In Viking vs Viking battles, those wearing plain brown hoodies are doomed to die. 4. Viking trophy wives are high maintenance. 5. Ragnar Lodbrok is a secret humanitarian. 6. Although the Vikings had extensive contacts with North German Saxons, they were unaware of the existence of England until they arrived there. 7. Eighth century Viking women had the sensibilities of 21st century feminists. 8. No-Fault Viking divorce is quick and easy. No lawyers! 9. The Church punished apostate monks by crucifying them...
  • Legendary Viking Home Site Found (Snorri)

    10/05/2002 2:31:00 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies · 366+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 10-3-2002
    <p>LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Viking longhouse that many believe was the home of Snorri Thorfinnsson, thought to be the first European born in the New World.</p> <p>The 1,000-year-old ruins were found in a glacial valley in northern Iceland during a survey of Viking-era buildings led by archaeologists at the University of California, Los Angeles.</p>
  • Legendary Viking home site found

    10/07/2002 9:51:37 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 8 replies · 344+ views
    cnn.com ^ | October 3, 2002 | AP
    <p>LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Viking longhouse that many believe was the home of Snorri Thorfinnsson, thought to be the first European born in the New World.</p> <p>The 1,000-year-old ruins were found in a glacial valley in northern Iceland during a survey of Viking-era buildings led by archaeologists at the University of California, Los Angeles.</p>
  • Archaeologists find legendary Icelandic home

    09/16/2002 8:27:11 AM PDT · by SteveH · 31 replies · 888+ views
    Quad-City Times ^ | 9/15/2002 | Quad-City Times Wire Services
    Archaeologists find legendary Icelandic home By Times Wire Services A UCLA team has found the Iceland home of Snorri Thorfinnsson, the first person of European descent born in the New World. Icelandic sagas from the 13th century tell the story of how Snorri’s parents led the first Scandinavian group that attempted to settle in Vinland — on the Canadian coast — around A.D. 1000. The attempt failed, and the family moved to Iceland, but Snorri was born while they were there. The “Vinland Sagas,” which also tell the story of Leif Ericson, are the earliest recorded history of the Scandinavian...
  • Cathedral service marks millennium of Brian Boru’s death

    03/08/2014 10:37:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Newsletter UK ^ | March 8, 2014 | unattributed
    The death of Ireland’s High King during the famous bloody battle of Clontarf almost exactly 1,000 years ago will be remembered with a special service in his burial county of Armagh next month. Brian Boru (Bóraime) may have been born in County Clare but, as the well-known theme song ‘The Boys from the County Armagh’ notes, his ashes lie in the city, at the Church of Ireland Cathedral. The legendary leader had requested to be buried in Armagh, possibly due to its religious links to St Patrick, and it is said he was brought to the city by the clergy...
  • Clear Your Calendars: Viking Apocalypse Scheduled for Saturday (February 22, 2014)

    02/19/2014 9:15:53 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    Yahoo! Odd News ^ | February 19, 2014 | Mike Kumboltz
    Clear your calendars: Viking apocalypse scheduled for Saturday Thor, Odin, Loki all scheduled to attend epic battle hastening world's end Now's the time to cash out your life insurance policy and have a little fun, because, according to Norse mythology, the world is ending this Saturday. Sorry to be a bummer, but you should know we're about 100 days into an epic battle that will culminate with the earth falling into the sea, NPR explains. On the bright side, at least you'll have an excuse for not going to your nephew's Chuck E. Cheese's party on Sunday. For those whose...
  • The Viking’s Jötunvillur Runic Code is Solved

    02/12/2014 6:45:06 PM PST · by P.O.E. · 48 replies
    On this stick from the 1200s found in Bergen, two men named Sigurd and Lavran have written their names both in code and with regular runes. This helped runologist Jonas Nordby to solve the Jötunvillur code. For the first time, the Jötunvillur runic code is cracked. It can help to solve the mystery of the Vikings’ secret codes. Why did the Vikings use codes when they wrote runes? Was it a secret message or other reasons that they encrypted runic texts? This, we still know little about. But runologist Jonas Nordby think he may be one step closer to the...
  • I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot

    01/02/2014 12:13:32 PM PST · by C19fan · 73 replies
    Deadspin ^ | Jan 2, 2014 | Chris Kluwe
    Hello. My name is Chris Kluwe, and for eight years I was the punter for the Minnesota Vikings. In May 2013, the Vikings released me from the team. At the time, quite a few people asked me if I thought it was because of my recent activism for same-sex marriage rights, and I was very careful in how I answered the question. My answer, verbatim, was always, "I honestly don't know, because I'm not in those meetings with the coaches and administrative people." This is a true answer. I honestly don't know if my activism was the reason I got...
  • Either Kluwe Or Priefer Is A Liar

    01/03/2014 7:01:28 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 45 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Presss ^ | January 3, 2014 | Bob Sansevere
    Among the distressing things to come out of Chris Kluwe’s blistering attack on three of his former bosses is this: Somebody is a liar. Kluwe wrote a scathing piece Thursday for Deadspin.com in which he called Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and former head coach Leslie Frazier “cowards” and skewered special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, describing him as “a bigot.” Kluwe is convinced he lost his punting job with the Vikings because he was outspoken in his support of gay marriage, and his vitriol toward Spielman, Frazier and Priefer come from that. He really unloaded on Priefer, saying that “if...
  • Sweyn Forkbeard: England's forgotten Viking king

    12/30/2013 6:09:05 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | David McKenna
    On Christmas Day 1013, Danish ruler Sweyn Forkbeard was declared King of all England and the town of Gainsborough its capital. But why is so little known of the man who would be England's shortest-reigning king and the role he played in shaping the early history of the nation? For 20 years, Sweyn, a "murderous character" who deposed his father Harold Bluetooth, waged war on England. And exactly 1,000 years ago, with his son Canute by his side, a large-scale invasion finally proved decisive. It was a brutal time, which saw women burned alive, children impaled on lances and men...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Vikings"(1958)

    11/10/2013 11:57:21 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 35 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1958 | Richard Fleischer
  • Unique pre-Viking Age monuments uncovered at Old Uppsala pagan ceremonial site in Sweden

    11/03/2013 6:24:48 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2013 | Associated Press
    As archaeologists dug in preparation for a new railway line, they found traces of two rows of wooden pillars in Old Uppsala... One stretched about 1,000 yards and the other was half as long... were likely from the 5th century...
  • Reconstruction of ancient Slavic boat in Rugen

    10/19/2013 6:29:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Slavorum ^ | October 17, 2013 | unattributed
    A significant archaeological discovery was made in the village of Ralswiek on the legendary island of Rügen in 1967. During roadworks an excavator dug out several oak planks from the ground. The road workers took their finding to a team of archaeologists working nearby and those soon began archaeological excavations during which four ancient Slavic ships and a trading settlement was uncovered. The settlement was one of the most important ports on the Baltic coast existed the 8th century. It was proposed that Rujani (an early Slavic tribe) harboured their fleet in the place of archealogical discovery because it is...
  • Peterson met son for first time after beating

    10/12/2013 3:41:08 PM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/12/2013 | NATALIE O'NEILL
    <p>Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson met his 2-year-old son for the first time while he was on life support, TMZ reports.</p> <p>The football star — whose son died on Friday after his mother’s boyfriend allegedly badly beat him — learned three months ago that he had a child with a woman living in South Dakota, the site reports.</p>
  • Viking Running Back Adrian Peterson's 2-year son dead after beating by mom's boyfriend.

    10/11/2013 3:46:35 PM PDT · by LUV W · 58 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10-11-2013 | FoxNews
    The 2-year-old son of NFL star Adrian Peterson died Friday in a South Dakota hospital after he was allegedly beaten by a man dating the boy's mother, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported. A release from the Sioux City police department said the toddler died "from injuries sustained during the aggravated assault Wednesday." It said it was witholding the child's name.
  • Adrian Peterson's 2-Year-Old Beaten, "Not Expected To Survive" (Update: child died from injuries)

    10/11/2013 12:10:28 PM PDT · by mojito · 47 replies
    DeadSpin ^ | 10/11/2013 | Barry Petchesky
    Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son—not Adrian Peterson Jr., but a formerly "secret" child—is "not expected to survive his injuries," and could be taken off life support tonight, City Pages reports. On Wednesday, the Sioux Falls boy was allegedly beaten by his mother's boyfriend, Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, who has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated assault on an infant. According to a reporter covering the story, the initial confusion surrounding the boy's identity was due to the fact that not even Adrian Peterson is sure the child is his, though Peterson's father later would later describe the boy as a...
  • Gun Clause In Minn. Vikings Lease Irks Lawmaker

    10/10/2013 2:30:07 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 10/10/13 | AP
    A Minnesota legislator wants a provision stripped from the Vikings new stadium lease that would prevent the building from being used by businesses that sell guns and other weapons. Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington said in a letter Thursday that the restriction could discourage hunting and outdoors groups from holding offseason events at the planned $975 million stadium, which is being built with a partial public subsidy. The Associated Press reported on the clause this week that is contained in a 30-year stadium lease.