Viking parliament found under Dingwall car park

  • Thursday 24th October 2013

A CAR park in a Highland town has been confirmed by archaeologists as the meeting place of a medieval Norse parliament.

Dingwall's Viking mound

Excavations at the Cromartie Memorial car park in Dingwall uncovered evidence of a mound that archaeologists believe was established in the 11th century as a gathering spot for a Viking parliament, known as a “Thing”.

When it was constructed the “Thing” would have been on a man-made islet in the estuary of the River Pefferey, historians claimed. They believe the mound was built on the instructions of Thorfinn the Mighty, a powerful Viking earl who died in 1065.

He is thought to have laid the foundations of what would later become the royal burgh of Dingwall in Ross-shire.

It is only the second time a “Thing” site has been uncovered in the UK. Yesterday historians said the discovery would help them learn more about the Norse Vikings, who battled for control of land across the north of Scotland.

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