The Norwegian Vikings were more oriented towards the East than we have previously assumed, says Marianne Vedeler, Associate Professor at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo in Norway. After four years of in-depth investigation of the silk trade of the Viking Age, she may change our perceptions of the history of the Norwegian Vikings. The silk trade was far more comprehensive than we have hitherto assumed.
The Norwegian Vikings maintained trade connections with Persia and the Byzantine Empire. A network of traders from a variety of places and cultures brought the silk to the Nordic countries. Her details are presented in the book “Silk for the Vikings”, to be published by Oxbow publishers this winter, but in this article you can glimpse some of her key findings. Read more.
Follower emmajanefalconer dropped this link in my inbox this morning, and I thought I’d share it.
This is something I talk about or make reference to here quite a bit. Just about every discipline has encountered proofs that Britain has been multiracial since Classical times. This article is from 2010, and you would think that it would have seeped into the collective consciousness by now, but no.
The resistance to facts seems to frustrate some academics:
Dr Hella Eckardt, Senior Lecturer at the University of Reading, said:
“Multi-cultural Britain is not just a phenomenon of more modern times. Analysis of the ‘Ivory Bangle Lady’ and others like her, contradicts common popular assumptions about the make up of Roman-British populations as well as the view that African immigrants in Roman Britain were of low status, male and likely to have been slaves.”
"To date, we have had to rely on evidence of such foreigners in Roman Britain from inscriptions. However, by analysing the facial features of the Ivory Bangle Lady and measuring her skull compared to reference populations, analysing the chemical signature of the food and drink she consumed, as well as evaluating the evidence from the burial site, we are now able to establish a clear profile of her ancestry and social status.
"It helps paint a picture of a Roman York that was hugely diverse and which included among its population, men, women and children of high status from Romanised North Africa and elsewhere in the Mediterranean."
The Ivory Bangle Lady was a high status young woman who was buried in Roman York (Sycamore Terrace). Dated to the second half of the fourth century, her grave contains jet and elephant ivory bracelets, earrings, pendants, beads, a blue glass jug and a glass mirror. The most famous object from this burial is a rectangular openwork mount of bone, possibly from an unrecorded wooden casket, which reads ‘Hail, sister, may you live in God’, indicating Christian beliefs.
When archaeologists first uncovered the 5,000-year-old ruins of Mohenjodaro, they made one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century: the world’s only surviving Bronze Age metropolis.
That was in colonial India in 1924. Today, the most important site of the Indus civilisation lies in Pakistan.
Now the once lost city is in danger of disappearing again as its clay wall houses, grid system roads, great granaries, baths and drainage systems crumble to dust, a victim of government neglect, public indifference and tourists’ fears of terrorism.
Archaeologists have told The Sunday Telegraph that the world’s oldest planned urban landscape is being corroded by salt and could disappear within 20 years without an urgent rescue plan. Read more.
Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Thracian carriage and two horses that appear to have been buried upright.
The chariot and horse skeletons are 2,500-years-old and were discovered in the village of Svestari in north-east Bulgaria.
The two-wheeled carriage and carcasses of the horses were found in a Thracian tomb along with some decorations.
Professor Diana Gergova of the National Archaeology Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, who led the dig, said: ‘The find is unique, it is not resembling any other carriage dating from the Thracian era ever uncovered in Bulgaria.’ Read more.
When Koen Ergle first saw the rounded end of a nearly black log poking out of the sand in the lake near his home, the 7-year-old thought it was a giant mussel. But it soon became clear it was a near-pristine dugout canoe possibly hundreds of years old.
Thursday, officials from the state, the Marion County Museum of History and Archeology and several media outlets converged on the site to document the canoe and watch as it began a journey to its new home, where it will be slowly dried. It eventually will be displayed at the museum. Read more.