Monday, June 05, 2006

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Learning about Viking Age archaeology now -- just getting into it. York (or Jorvik, as it was known) yeilded a very rich site at Coppergate during the 1970s -- and that site also turned up features and artifacts dating back to the Angle's occupation (famously, the helmet), and a Roman garrison town.

But now I'm excited about the 1960s finds in Newfoundland, because a Swedish scientist has recently found a dental connection between Vikings and New World natives -- apparent ritual carving of the teeth.

This implies more than mere encounter. Some intimacy, mutual understanding, and communication may have existed between the two cultures for such a ritual act to be appropriated.

Sources to follow:

Canadian Parks historical site info for L'anse aux Meadows:

Vikings in America:

UNESCO World Heritage site for L'anse aux Meadows:

York's Viking Age from the York Archaeological Trust:

Viking Age Timeline:

Virtual Tour of Ribblehead Farm in Yorkshire from BBC (.wrl):

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