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  • 13-Year-Old Boy Finds Treasure Trove of 1,000-Year-Old Silver Coins

    04/16/2018 10:51:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | April 16, 2018 | Kirsten Grieshaber
    Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to the era of Danish King Harald Gormsson have been found on the eastern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. A single silver coin was first found in January by two amateur archaeologists, one of them a 13-year-old boy, in a field near the village of Schaprode. The state archaeology office then became involved and the entire treasure was uncovered by experts over the weekend, the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state archaeology office said Monday.
  • An Icelandic Epic Predicted a Fiery End for Pagan Gods, and Then This Volcano Erupted

    04/15/2018 8:46:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Livescience ^ | March 20, 2018 | Laura Geggel
    A series of Earth-shattering volcanic eruptions in Iceland during the Middle Ages may have spurred the people living there to turn away from their pagan gods and convert to Christianity, a new study finds. The discovery came about thanks to precise dating of the volcanic eruptions, which spewed lava about two generations before the Icelandic people changed religions. But why would volcanic eruptions turn people toward monotheism? The answer has to do with the "Voluspa," a prominent medieval poem that predicted a fiery eruption would help lead to the downfall of the pagan gods, the researchers said. Historians have long...
  • Mythical Viking Sunstones Could Have Worked

    04/04/2018 8:49:40 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 26 replies
    Physicists from Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary have determined that the sunstones claimed to be used by Vikings to navigate on foggy and cloudy days could provide accurate results. Vikings living between 900 and 1200AD did not have magnetic compasses, and their ability to navigate was attributed in part to the use of calcite, cordierite or tourmaline crystals which functioned as linear polarizers to help them determine geographic north. The crystals can split sunlight into two beams, and when the crystal is turned, splitting the two beams at the same brightness, a navigator could see the polarized rings around the...
  • Archaeologist hails 'extraordinary' Viking village find in Dublin

    04/03/2018 2:06:46 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | Thu, Mar 22, 2018 | Ronan McGreevy
    The four adjacent Hiberno-Norse properties with gardens and cobbled stones dating from the around the 11th century were found during excavations for a hotel development in Dublin... Further excavations found two other settlements from a later period. One dating from the 13th to the 14th century had evidence of industrial activity including a tanning pit and two lime pits. The upper level dating from the 17th century revealed ovens, vaulted cellars, kilns and cobbled working areas. The site has been waterlogged for almost the last millennium. As a consequence organic material, including leather shoes and wooden utensils, have been very...
  • The Viking Great Army: A tale of conflict and adaptation played out in northern England

    03/26/2018 5:15:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | Monday, February 12, 2018 | Daniel Weiss
    The Viking Great Army's arrival in 865 was recounted in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle:.. According to the Chronicle, the Vikings spent years campaigning through the territory of the four Anglo-Saxon kingdoms -- East Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria, and Wessex... By 880, all the kingdoms had fallen to the Vikings except Wessex, with which they made peace... Excavations conducted [at Repton, the capital of Mercia] between 1974 and 1993 by Martin Biddle and his late wife, Birthe Kjolbye-Biddle, had revealed a small, heavily defended enclosure covering just an acre or two... some experts took these findings to suggest that the Great Army was...
  • Winterfyre Norwegian Forest Cats

    01/06/2005 8:32:07 AM PST · by theFIRMbss · 107 replies · 1,500+ views
    Winterfyre website ^ | 2005 | Winterfyre
    Philosophy When our breeding endeavor began, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to gain exposure and knowledge through contacts in both the United States and in Europe. Differing opinions are a staple in any community, and the Norwegian Forest cat lovers/breeders are certainly no exception to this rule. We have learned from observing breeding programs and participating in shows both in the United States and in Europe and have developed our own ideas about the Norwegian Forest cat, but our end goal is ultimately the same as breeders around the globe. Our philosophy is quite simple, taking into consideration...
  • The Secret History of the Vikings: New DNA-driven research...

    03/26/2018 2:49:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 61 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | March 2018 | Gemma Tarlach
    More than a thousand years ago, the Vikings arrived on the world stage as swiftly as their longships cut through the waves. They raided and traded, conquered and colonized. They left their mark on four continents -- not just at archaeological sites, but also in the flora and fauna, the languages and local populations. The Viking Age did not last long -- it's generally defined as beginning in the late eighth century and ending in most areas by the early 12th century -- but the explorers still capture our imagination today. "The Vikings epitomized the freedom and strength we like...
  • Ballast: Creating Cultural Connections Across Time and Space

    03/20/2018 4:26:36 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    object matters ^ | probably March 2018 | Mats Burstrm
    Along the shores in Newfoundland there is an abundance of flint to be found although this material does not occur naturally in the area. The reason for the presence of flint is that it was used as ballast by sailing vessels in the transatlantic migratory fishery that started in the beginning of the sixteenth century and lasted for about four centuries. During this period several millions of tons of material were relocated as ballast from the coasts of England and France to Newfoundland. Among this huge amount of relocated material there are some supposedly Palaeolithic artefacts that have been brought...
  • Global Temperature Trends From 2500 B.C. To 2040 A.D. [Awesome chart]

    03/04/2010 8:58:57 AM PST · by SloopJohnB · 37 replies · 2,501+ views
    Long Range Weather.com ^ | Cliff Harris & Randy Mann
    Until recently, global temperatures were more than a degree Fahrenheit warmer when compared to the overall 20th Century mean. From August of 2007 through February of 2008, the Earths mean reading dropped to near the 200-year average temperature of 57 degrees. Since that time, the mean reading has been fluctuating. (See Long-Term Chart Below.)
  • Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

    02/28/2015 2:26:30 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    Montana Public Radio ^ | 2-28-2015 | GREG ALLEN
    In Florida, archaeologists are investigating a site that a century ago sparked a scientific controversy. Today, it's just a strip of land near an airport. But in 1915, it was a spot that became world-famous because of the work of Elias Sellards, Florida's state geologist. Sellards led a scientific excavation of the site, where workers digging a drainage canal found fossilized animal bones and then, human remains. Andy Hemmings of Mercyhurst University is the lead archaeologist on a project that has picked up where Sellards left off a century ago. "Quite literally, where we're standing, they found what they, at...
  • Native Americans descended from three Asian groups: study

    07/11/2012 11:22:20 AM PDT · by Theoria · 57 replies
    AFP ^ | 11 July 2012 | AFP
    Native Americans spread out today from Canada to the tip of Chile descended not from one but at least three migrant waves from Siberia between 5,000 and 15,000 years ago, a study said Wednesday. The finding is controversial among geneticists, archaeologists and linguists -- many of whom have maintained that a single Asian ancestral group populated the Americas. But the new study, claiming to be the most comprehensive analysis yet of Native American genetics, claims to have found incontrovertible proof that there were three immigration waves -- a theory first put forward in 1986. Most Native Americans, said the study,...
  • Ptolemy's Geography, America and Columbus: Ancient Greeks and why maybe America was discovered

    09/25/2009 12:32:08 PM PDT · by Nikas777 · 22 replies · 1,238+ views
    mlahanas.de ^ | Michael Lahanas
    Ptolemy's Geography, America and Columbus: Ancient Greeks and why maybe America was discovered Michael Lahanas Aristotle: there is a continuity between the parts about the pillars of Hercules and the parts about India, and that in this way the ocean is one. [As] for the rest of the distance around the inhabited earth which has not been visited by us up to the present time (because of the fact that the navigators who sailed in opposite directions never met), it is not of very great extent, if we reckon from the parallel distances that have been traversed by us... For...
  • Scientists Behaving Badly

    12/05/2009 9:00:29 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 16 replies · 741+ views
    Slowly and mostly unnoticed by the major news media, the air has been going out of the global warming balloon. Global temperatures stopped rising a few years ago, much to the dismay of the climate campaigners. The U.N.'s upcoming Copenhagen conference--which was supposed to yield a binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction treaty as a successor to the failed Kyoto Protocol--collapsed weeks in advance and remains on life support pending Obama's magical intervention. Cap and trade legislation is stalled on Capitol Hill. Recent opinion polls from Gallup, Pew, Rasmussen, ABC/Washington Post, and other pollsters all find a dramatic decline in public...
  • Archaeologists Closer to Finding Lost Viking Settlement

    03/20/2018 1:38:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Live Science ^ | March 6, 2018 | Owen Jarus
    A lost Viking settlement known as "Hp," which has been mentioned in sagas passed down over hundreds of years, is said to have supported wild grapes, abundant salmon and inhabitants who made canoes out of animal hides. Now, a prominent archaeologist says the settlement likely resides in northeastern New Brunswick. If Hp is found it would be the second Viking settlement to be discovered in North America. The other is at L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland. ...using the description of the settlement from sagas of Viking voyages, along with archaeological work carried out at L'Anse aux...
  • Vikings Trade for QB Trevor Siemian Becomes Official

    03/19/2018 6:55:53 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Vikings.com ^ | March 19, 2018 | Vikings
    EAGAN, Minn. The Vikings on Monday announced they have acquired quarterback Trevor Siemian from the Denver Broncos. Originally a seventh-round pick in 2015, Siemian has started 24 of 25 games for the Broncos in the past two seasons. The Broncos went 13-11 in starts by Siemian, who has completed 495 of 835 passes (59.3 percent) for 5,686 yards with 30 touchdowns, 24 interceptions and a passer rating of 79.9. Siemian has been sacked 64 times. Siemian is a Florida native who played collegiately at Northwestern. He will join starter Kirk Cousins, who signed with the Vikings last week in...
  • Mass grave of 300 mutilated bodies in Derbyshire is the burial site of the Viking Great Army [tr]

    02/03/2018 4:12:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 2, 2018 | Phoebe Weston
    A mass grave of 300 bodies uncovered in Derbyshire could be the burial site of the Viking Great Army's war dead, a new study has found. The mass grave was found in Repton in the 1980s and dating techniques at the time suggested it consisted of bones collected over several centuries.
  • Invasion of the young Vikings: Thousands take to the streets with burning torches [tr]

    01/31/2018 5:18:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 30, 2018 | Alex Green
    Thousands of 'Vikings' took to the streets brandishing burning torches and axes as the ancient Up Helly Aa festival got under way on the Shetland Islands. The event, a celebration of the Scottish island's Norse heritage, drew massive crowds with many 'warriors' wearing winged helmets and sheepskins.
  • Minnesota Travel Agents Warn Vikings Fans About Philadelphia

    01/18/2018 3:58:05 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 51 replies
    CBS Philly News ^ | January 17, 2018 | PHILADELPHIA (CBS)
    If the Vikings win, yes, I would take off any sort of like colors. I know it sounds ridiculous, like were almost talking about gangs here, but its no joke down in Philly. It really isnt, said Drew Baydala, with Ticket King. I would advise you not to be over inebriated because they will be, said Steve Erban, with Creative Charters.
  • Out-of-pocket gamblers' fury at victorious Vikings: Last-gasp heroes Minnesota take the knee [tr]

    01/15/2018 6:06:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 15, 2018 | Ariel Zilber
    The Minnesota Vikings final act of sportsmanship in their shock victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday cost bettors a lot of money. The Vikings won the NFC Divisional Round game over the Saints on a last-second 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. When Diggs ran into the end zone, the clock read 0:00, meaning the game was over. But the rules of football stipulate that even if a team scores a touchdown with no time left on the clock, it still needs to kick an extra point. Diggs touchdown gave...
  • Bad news continues for NFL, as Divisional Playoffs ratings fall

    01/15/2018 12:31:38 PM PST · by smartyaz · 88 replies
    Awful Announcing ^ | 01/15/18 | Alex Putterman
    According to Sports Media Watch, all four games were down substantially in overnight ratings from the comparable window last January, and several of them hit their lowest mark in years. Saturday afternoons Falcons-Eagles game on NBC drew a 17.4 overnight rating, down 5 percent from last year and 12 percent from 2016. It was the lowest for the early Saturday time slot since 2009. The Patriots-Jaguars matchup Sunday night on CBS was the lowest-rated game of the weekend, with a 16.6 overnight. That was down 9 percent from last year and 18 percent from 2016 and was also the worst...