[ links]   []   [archief]   [index]

[<<<] [Project 0] [>>>]

Remains of Viking warrior uncovered in Dublin

Remains of Viking warrior uncovered in Dublin
trefwoorden: Ierland - middeleeuwen - viking - schild
Archaeologists said Tuesday they had uncovered the remains of a Viking warrior during excavations on a building site in the Irish capital.
A skeleton was found with an iron shield and what appeared to be a dagger in a shallow grave near the centre of Dublin, according to archaeologist Linzi Simpson.
The site is near the ninth century settlement of Dubh Linn, a Gaelic phrase denoting "black pool", from which Dublin gets its name.
"It is a fantastic find. It is very, very exciting and very rare," Simpson told Ireland's RTE state radio.
It is only the second time the remains of Viking warrior have been archaeologically excavated in Dublin. Simpson made a similar find last year.
"That one was a very bad condition. This one is much better preserved," she said.
The burial site of the warrior, now nicknamed Eric by archaeologists, appears to have been disturbed at some stage in the past and his sword is missing.
Simpson believes he may have been part of an early raiding party that arrived about 40 years before a Viking settlement was established in Dublin.
The site is close to where there had been a monastery.
"I have no doubt that this guy was a member of a raiding party probably doing something nasty to the monastery," she said.

Gelezen bij: ProLog ( augustus 2003)