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- Archaeologists have found a new trelleborg! (Danish article) These kinds of fortifications were all built in the 980s and have the same symmetrical design: circular rampart with four gates in each direction and roads between them crossing at a right angle in the middle. In each quarter there were four long houses around a central square. There are only five certain trelleborgs, as well as a couple of similar fortifications in Denmark and southern Sweden. I was lucky once, flying home, and we passed straight over the trelleborg outside Slagelse. It was so cool to see it from the air.

- A man in Norway found a Viking Age blacksmith burial in his garden! (More detailed Norwegian article)

- The perfect present for the nautically minded Viking Age enthusiast: Your very own custom built Viking ship replica As expected, it's a rather expensive present.

- Or perhaps you would prefer an anatomically correct armchair?

- In case you were morbidly curious: The grim details of Richard III's death

- And if you want to know more about human osteology, human evolution, paleopathology, forensic archaeology etc, the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO) have created a forum for both members and members of the public to join and discuss things to your hearts content.

- Extinct humans passed high altitude gene to Tibetans

Date: 2014-12-03 03:21 am (UTC)
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...your DW and all the articles you link to are something of a glorious black hole.

"Viking-age smith's grave found in garden" just has to qualify for the subtitle "You cannot make this stuff up."

More seriously: it constantly strikes me how little smith's tools have changed. Those tongs look no different to one of my own pairs, or my great-uncle's, and several of his pairs of tongs were inherited from his grandfather. You can buy brand new smith's tongs that look exactly like the ones in that picture. The bent bar with a plate welded to it (right) is a coal-scraper used to gather hot coals. Near the point of the bent sword, that odd-shaped bit of metal is a stake-anvil. I look at a picture like that, filled with so many things familiar to me, tools that I've used, and the past doesn't seem so far away.

What interests me about that sword, is that it's been hilted, but no fuller has been struck into it, and it has no edge (clearly, that blade was never ground). Is it possible it was a ceremonial sword, 'knocked' together specifically for bending and burial inclusion? I've pored over scores of pictures of bent swords, from bogs to ship burials to interments, and I've yet to see another with no edge. I hope we get some more news and details from that dig.


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