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Craig Johnson
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PostPosted: Sat 17 Jun, 2017 8:40 am    Post subject: Viking Ship Burials         Reply with quote

They have just announced a second ship burial found at this site. Neither seems to have been disturbed prior to now. Lets hope the conditions where good for preservation of materials.

Ship burials Eyjafjörður fjord in North Iceland
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PostPosted: Sat 17 Jun, 2017 3:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Viking Ship Burials         Reply with quote

Craig Johnson wrote:
They have just announced a second ship burial found at this site. Neither seems to have been disturbed prior to now. Lets hope the conditions where good for preservation of materials.

Wow, they are already reporting a third ship burial nearby! The archeologists must be thrilled... Apparently the first site is badly eroded, and half of the site is already lost, but the other two are less damaged. A sword has been recovered, but it's looking like it may be in terrible shape unfortunately.

http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/archaeolog...-n-iceland

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun, 2017 8:45 am    Post subject: Re: Viking Ship Burials         Reply with quote

Mark Lewis wrote:
Wow, they are already reporting a third ship burial nearby! The archeologists must be thrilled... Apparently the first site is badly eroded, and half of the site is already lost, but the other two are less damaged. A sword has been recovered, but it's looking like it may be in terrible shape unfortunately.


Such a shame so much seems to have been destroyed by erosion. Hopefully they can find some graves, that haven't been severely degraded!
If the bones and teeth are not to degraded it would be interesting to see possible relations with DNA (or at least strontium information) as this could be a family grave site of some standing considering the sword find.

So while they find weapons and shipburials in Iceland, in Denmark they have found the oldest toilet Laughing Out Loud (a bit less glamorous) from ~1000 AD.
A 2 meter deep hole filled with human excrement from the Strøby Toftegaard settlement in eastern Sjælland. It has a high level of flower pollen possibly from honey (most likely in the form of mead); but not other types of pollen showing that the hole had been covered after use(s) and/or as 2 postholes make possibly it was a small closed building. 
http://sciencenordic.com/1000-year-old-viking...ed-denmark
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