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  • Hoard of Viking silver coins unearthed in Furness

    07/04/2011 7:38:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 July 2011 | unattributed
    A metal detectorist uncovered a Viking hoard of silver coins and artefacts in the Cumbrian countryside. The collection, which has been provisionally valued at tens of thousands of pounds, was found in an undisclosed site in Furness. It is being examined by experts at the British Museum and is expected to be declared as treasure. Experts at Barrow's Dock Museum hope to acquire the hoard and said it was an exciting find for the area. It consists of 92 silver coins and artefacts including ingots and a silver bracelet. Among the coins is a pair of Arabic dirhams. Experts believe...
  • Viking silver treasure hoard worth £1m unearthed after 1,000 years[UK]

    08/28/2009 10:16:13 AM PDT · by BGHater · 15 replies · 1,299+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 28 Aug 2009 | Daily Mail
    An impressive Viking hoard of jewellery has made a father and son metal-detector team £1m, after being bought by two British museums. The find, which is the 'largest and most important' since 1840, was found in a field in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in January 2007. It had been buried there for more than 1,000 years. Valued at £1,082,000, the hoard was purchased by the British Museum and the York Museum Trust after two years of fundraising. The highlight of the collection is an intricately carved silver cup, estimated to be worth more than £200,000. It contains 617coins and various silver...
  • Boy 9, And Grandfather Find Medieval Silver Treasure In Sweden

    04/28/2008 2:47:11 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 133+ views
    Earth Times ^ | 4-28-2008 | DPA
    Boy, 9, and grandfather find medieval silver treasure in Sweden Posted : Mon, 28 Apr 2008 13:36:04 GMT Author : DPA Stockholm - A 9-year-old boy's search for shrapnel on an old battlefield resulted in a huge find of medieval silver coins near the Lund in southern Sweden, local media reported Monday. Alexander Granhof, 9, and his grandfather made the recent discovery, dubbed "silverado" by archaeologists. "We went out on the field looking for cannonballs," Alexander Granhof told the online edition of the Sydsvenskan newspaper. "I found a piece of metal and thought at first it was shrapnel from a...
  • New Viking Treasures Found (Norway)

    01/08/2007 10:56:12 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 1,311+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | 1-7-2007
    New Viking treasures found Archaeologists have made a major discovery in Western Norway, unearthing well-preserved Viking graves from the 9th century full of riches.Glass beads covered with gold are among the items found in the Viking graves. PHOTO: JONAS HAAR FRIESTAD Workers at the excavation site are awed by what they've found. PHOTO: JONAS HAAR FRIESTAD The Viking treasures were found at Frøyland in Rogaland County. Local newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reported Monday that items recovered from the graves indicate they belonged to wealthy Vikings of the time. In one of the graves, belonging to a woman, archaeologists found jewellery, many...
  • Climate played big role in Vikings’ disappearance from Greenland

    05/30/2011 1:12:10 PM PDT · by decimon · 55 replies
    Brown University ^ | May 30, 2011 | Varied
    Greenland's early Viking settlers were subjected to rapidly changing climate. Temperatures plunged several degrees in a span of decades, according to research from Brown University. A reconstruction of 5,600 years of climate history from lakes near the Norse settlement in western Greenland also shows how climate affected the Dorset and Saqqaq cultures. Results appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The end of the Norse settlements on Greenland likely will remain shrouded in mystery. While there is scant written evidence of the colony’s demise in the 14th and early 15th centuries, archaeological remains can...
  • An unlikely source for Vikings-to-LA talk

    05/24/2011 7:27:12 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    ESPN ^ | May 24, 2011 | Kevin Seifert
    A hat tip to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, who pointed out an interesting exchange between radio host Rush Limbaugh and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who announced his candidacy for president Monday.
  • New power elite emerged in medieval Iceland as the island became Norwegian

    05/16/2011 3:00:41 PM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies
    University of Gothenburg ^ | May 16, 2011 | Unknown
    As Iceland became part of the Norwegian kingship 1262, a new power structure in the shape of an Icelandic aristocracy appointed by the king of Norway was established. This development is discussed in a doctoral thesis in History from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, that sheds light on a period in the Icelandic history that previously has not received its due attention. 'The 14th century has never received a great deal of attention in Icelandic history writing. This is surprising since this period is at least as important as the considerably more frequently discussed so-called Free State period (around 930�/64)...
  • Vikings, Ramsey County to announce apparent stadium deal

    05/10/2011 1:14:58 PM PDT · by Colonel_Flagg · 68 replies
    Minneapolis StarTribune ^ | 5/10/11 | Kevin Duchschere
    The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission said a stadium in Arden Hills would cost up to $1.2 billion, compared with $895 million at the Metrodome site. A Minnesota Vikings stadium built at the Arden Hills site could cost as much as $1.2 billion, about $300 million more than a stadium built on the Metrodome site in Minneapolis, according to a cost analysis released Tuesday by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. The report was released just as the Vikings announced they will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Arden Hills site.
  • Shetland's past comes to life amid the ruins

    04/17/2006 10:29:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 311+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Tuesday, 18th April 2006 | Caroline Wickham-Jones
    The people of Jarlshof threw garbage into dumps from before 2500 BC but, although their waste was unwanted, their refuse has been anything but rubbish for archaeologists investigating their lives. We know that the Stone Age settlers lived in small circular stone houses, that they tilled crops, kept cattle and sheep, and harvested the sea for fish and whales, seals and shellfish. They also made tools - some finely decorated - from stone, pottery and bone... In the 19th century the site was visited by Sir Walter Scott who christened the ruined hall "Jarlshof", and the name has stuck since....
  • Histories: Viking longships brought rape, pillage and cod

    07/09/2008 9:54:28 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 100+ views
    New Scientist ^ | June 29, 2008 | Gail Vines
    When Ohthere the Viking arrived at King Alfred's court sometime around 880 he presented the king with a gift of walrus ivory. The gift was carefully chosen. Walrus ivory was then a rare commodity obtained only from northern Scandinavia and Russia, and was highly prized by the English. Having established his credentials as a prosperous and high-ranking man from the far north, Ohthere told Alfred that although he owned reindeer as well as cattle, sheep, pigs and horses, his greatest wealth came from the tax paid by the Finnas, or Sami people. This came in the form of seal skins...
  • Vikings had a mean streak? Yes, but they weren't all bad

    03/19/2011 2:22:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies · 1+ views
    winnipegfreepress.com ^ | March 19 2011 | Kevin Rollason
    Winnipeg students will get a chance to unleash their inner Viking. And before the students in Grades 3 and 5 think it means they'll have a chance to attack and pillage European communities, they'll soon discover Vikings have been wrongly stereotyped through the ages. "We want these children to have a lasting impression about Viking life as it was rather than the stereotyped image," Selma Parsons, president of the Scandinavian Centre, said on Friday. "Yes, we have reenactment-quality swords, shields and chain mail, but we also want to show them they were traders, settlers, and explorers." But Parsons said that...
  • Inukpasuit, Inuit and Viking contact in ancient times

    02/18/2009 6:45:35 AM PST · by BGHater · 16 replies · 814+ views
    The Arctic Sounder ^ | 12 Feb 2009 | Ronald Brower
    There are many stories of ‘Qavlunaat,’ white-skinned strangers who were encountered in Inuit-occupied lands in times of old. Stories of contact between these foreign people and Inuit were passed down the generations and used mostly to scare children to behave “or the Qavlunaat will get them.” This sparked my curiosity to explore both sides of the encounters from written records and Inuit oral legends to see if some of these events can be correlated. One must recall that these legends were passed down orally in the Inupiaq language. Inuit myths and legends of contact with other people were passed from...
  • Viking longship to sail across North Sea - The Sea Stallion of Glendalough

    05/27/2007 7:36:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 3,185+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/27/07 | Jan M. Olson - ap
    ROSKILDE, Denmark - On the skipper's command, deckhands haul in tarred ropes to lower the flax sail. Oars splash into the water. The crew, grimacing with strain, pull with steady strokes sending the sleek Viking longship gliding through the fjord. A thousand years ago, the curved-prow warship might have spewed out hordes of bloodthirsty Norsemen ready to pillage and burn. This time, the spoils are adventure rather than plunder. The Sea Stallion of Glendalough is billed as the world's biggest and most ambitious Viking ship reconstruction, modeled after a warship excavated in 1962 from the Roskilde fjord after being buried...
  • Persian Coins From Sassanid Era (224-640AD) Discovered In Sweden

    09/08/2002 9:01:14 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 638+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | 9-6-2002
    Persian Coins from Sassanid Era Discovered on Swedish Island BERLIN -- Archaeologists discovered 23 old Persian coins from the Sassanid era on the southeastern Swedish island of Gotland, the press reported here Friday. The latest find, regarded as the biggest archaeological sensation of the century(sic), contained Persian and Byzantine coins in a Viking treasure box which was hidden on the island. The oldest Persian coin in the Viking treasure goes back to 538 A.D. and was specially designed for a king of the Sassanid empire. The discovery is vivid proof that Vikings did sail as far as the Middle East...
  • Viking burial ground dispels myth of longship marauders

    09/20/2004 11:11:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 801+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday September 7, 2004 | Lee Glendinning and Maev Kennedy
    The Vikings were buried within 10 metres (30ft) of each other. In the 1940s at Ingleby in Derbyshire a burial ground was found, but it held cremated ashes buried in earthenware pots, with few artefacts. The only other group of bodies found was a battlefield cemetery at nearby Repton. The Cumbria burials were completely different. These were clearly not the longship pirates of legend, but a settled, wealthy, peaceful community. Sir Neil added that the find provided rare evidence of Vikings as settlers who integrated into English life.
  • Introducing Viking work ethics on American soil.

    03/19/2011 1:23:35 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 20 replies
    03/19/2011 | WesternCulture
    There is actually nothing to be afraid of here in life. But most people act like disorganized creatures running around recently having their necks cut off. Prior to Gustavus Adolphus, monarch of tiny Sweden, decided to break the backbone of Catholicism in the 17th century, he told his troops; "Fear not, O little flock, the foe Who madly seeks your overthrow; Dread not his rage and power; What though your courage sometimes faints, His seeming triumph o’er God’s saints Lasts but a little hour. Be of good cheer; your cause belongs To Him who can avenge your wrongs; Leave it...
  • God chooses the victor (Newly Christianized Vikings encountering each other in battle)

    03/10/2011 5:40:36 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 18 replies
    03/10/2011 | WesternCulture
    Around a.d. 1000, Scandinavia was Christianized. This clip could be said to feature how the Christian nation of Sweden was secured. Most historians would say Denmark is an even older Christian nation. The flag of Denmark is commonly considered to be the oldest existing flag on Earth.
  • Sid Hartman: Vikings-to-L.A. threat is real one

    02/08/2011 8:07:14 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 70 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | Tuesday, February 8, 2011
    In an image provided by AEG, a proposed NFL football stadium, to be named Farmers Field, was depicted next to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke called the 30-year naming-rights deal with Farmers Insurance Exchange for the planned $1 billion stadium "the most significant step forward in the last 15 years in our efforts as a community, as leaders, to return the NFL to Los Angeles." Sid Hartman: Vikings-to-L.A. threat is real one With Los Angeles looking for two NFL teams to move to its new stadium, don't be surprised if the Wilfs look...
  • A Viking Who Lives in Green Bay California, Rooting For The Steelers to Win

    02/05/2011 1:22:55 PM PST · by OneVike · 61 replies
    ChicoER ^ | 2/5/11 | OneVike
    Everyone who knows me, know I am a Minnesota Viking fan, thus my handle "OneVike". Well it has been a long road for us Viking fans and ever since I watched them lose Super Bowl XII to the Oakland Raiders on Jan 9, 1977, I and many Viking fans have been waiting for them to return to the big game. In the mean time we have had to suffer through numerous close calls that has had them at the very brink of returning, just to fall short. Then came the Favre situation where we were forced to endure watching...
  • Ireland's Viking Fortress

    02/03/2011 7:02:44 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Archaeology, V 64 N 1 ^ | January/February 2011 | Erin Mullally
    Linn Duachaill was founded in A.D. 841, the same year as Viking Dublin. The fortress was used as a center by the Vikings to trade goods, organize attacks against inland Irish monasteries, and send captured Irish slaves abroad. For more than 70 years, Linn Duachaill rivaled Dublin as the preeminent Viking holding on the east coast of Ireland before it was eventually abandoned. The discovery of Linn Duachaill will finally allow archeologists to compare the actual site with medieval documents. The names of leaders of the garrison are recorded, along with extensive accounts of attacks they carried out. The site...