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Viking chieftain's burial ship excavated

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Viking chieftain's burial ship excavated

Post by Rowan » Thu October 20th, 2011, 12:44 pm

A Viking ship, which for 1,000 years has held the body of a chieftain, with his shield on his chest and his sword and spear by his side, has been excavated on a remote Scottish peninsula – the first undisturbed Viking ship burial found on the British mainland.

The timbers of the ship found on the Ardnamurchan peninsula – the mainland's most westerly point – rotted into the soil centuries ago, like most of the bones of the man whose coffin it became.

However the outline of the classic Viking boat, with its pointed prow and stern, remained. Its form is pressed into the soil and its lines traced by hundreds of rivets, some still attached to scraps of wood.
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Post by annis » Thu October 20th, 2011, 5:07 pm

What an exciting find! The place of the Vikings in Scotland is often forgotten, but the Kingdom of Mann and the Isles was a powerful force for some time, with links between Norway, Scotland, the Isle of Mann, Ireland and England.

I love those Irish monks and their poetic marginalia :)
This is the one referred to in the article - it was written by a 9th century Irish scribe on a margin of The St Gall Priscian

Is acher in gaíth innocht,

fu·fúasna fairggae findḟolt:

ni·ágor réimm mora minn
dond láechraid lainn úa Lothlind.

Bitter and cold is the wind tonight
Tossing the tresses of the sea to white
On such a night as this I feel at ease
Fierce Northmen only course the quiet seas.

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Post by LoveHistory » Thu October 20th, 2011, 8:40 pm

Cool find.

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Post by Alisha Marie Klapheke » Fri October 21st, 2011, 1:52 am

I saw something about this clicking about today. Very exciting. Makes me wish I was an archeologist again. I always wanted to be Indiana Jones...

Annis--thank you for posting that piece of poetry. I love the tresses of the sea! Cool stuff.

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