Viking Burial Site
October 19, 2011 by staff
Gold and white-tailed eagles can be seen here, and there is a historic lighthouse at the tip. It looks west towards the Atlantic. In fact, the lighthouse that marks one of the westernmost of Great Britain. On a clear day you can spy on the islands of the eggs and rum.
Archaeologists have discovered an important necropolis dating back to the time of the Vikings. It is located on the peninsula of Ardnamurchan in the Scottish Highlands, the response to our questionnaire Geo.
The site of the boat-shaped tomb is all that remains of a Viking warrior on his ship buried 16 feet of wood and filled with cool accessories Viking.
Oliver Harris, of the University of Leicester is one of the leading archaeologists in the excavation. He says it’s a treasure, “Here ax and spear sword and shield, a rare metal cauldron yet to be identified. Stones to make fire really an extraordinary discovery. This shows that this man was really important.”
The archaeologist Hannah Cobb is a co-director of the excavation. She is working to recreate the scene of the burial ceremony, which took place about a thousand years.
“People who were burying the Viking have dug a hole in a boat and then have dragged the boat from the sea to the beach, where he was buried and put the boat on the set and then the Vikings would have been established in the ship and put all their possessions around them. Therefore, his shield have been established in his chest and his sword at his side and then filled the pot with stones. ”
Stones have kept the boat from being swept away by the tides or floods. The sword and shield are the state of the art weapons of the tenth century used to loot and terrorize. Viking warriors raided brutal in Scandinavia and the west to Greenland and the coast of North America.
Viking traders and farmers also ventured along this part of the world. Viking ruins are some of the Outer Hebrides islands nearby. York England and Ireland, Dublin was the main commercial ports Viking.
All of which raises questions about this man who has been discovered in the Scottish Highlands – which was a local or a foreign sailor? A chiefton? or perhaps a famous navigator?
Once again, here is the University of Manchester archaeologist Hannah Cobb:
“The area that ship burial found in reality we have been studying for the past six years, so we have been observing the changes in life and death in the last six thousand years in the study area. And we will be carrying out the study, but will focus on the Vikings and see if we can see, perhaps, the settlements associated with it to see if it was someone who had come from far away or, perhaps, if it was someone whose ancestors came from far away and then if he really had lived in the bay. ”
This much is known: The warrior who is buried in his boat on the beautiful Ardnamurchan peninsula died in the 10th century when the Vikings controlled the north and west of Scotland.
The Nordic possessions, including his sword and shield nicely decorated drinking horn and brass are stored for study in Edinburgh.
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