The First Vikings – Archaeology Magazine

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viking-estonia-islandAccording to historians, the Viking Age began on June 8, A.D. 793, at an island monastery off the coast of northern England. A contemporary chronicle recorded the moment with a brief entry: “The ravages of heathen men miserably destroyed God’s church on Lindisfarne, with plunder and slaughter.” The “heathen men” were Vikings, fierce warriors who sailed from Scandinavia and bore down on their prey in Europe and beyond in sleek, fast-sailing ships. In the centuries that followed, the Vikings’ vessels carried them deep into Russia and as far south as Constantinople, Sicily, and possibly even North Africa. They organized flotillas capable of carrying warriors across vast distances, and terrorized the English, Irish, and French coasts with lightning-fast raids. Exploratory voyages to the west took them all the way to North America.

The Vikings’ explosion across Europe and Asia and into the Americas was the result of the right combination of…

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The Shigir Idol in Siberia. Is this the world’s oldest secret code?

Scientists close to precise dating of the Shigir Idol, twice as ancient as the Egyptian Pyramids.

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Picture: Ekaterina Osintseva, The Siberian Times

The Idol is the oldest wooden statue in the world, estimated as having been constructed approximately 9,500 years ago, and preserved as if in a time capsule in a peat bog on the western fringe of Siberian. Expert Svetlana Savchenko, chief keeper of Shigir Idol, believes that the structure’s faces carry encoded information from ancient man in the Mesolithic era of the Stone Age concerning their understanding of ‘the creation of the world’.

German scientists are now close to a precise dating – within five decades – of the remarkable artifact, which is a stunning example of ancient man’s creativity.

The results are likely to be known in late February or early March, The Siberian Times can reveal.

Now the question is turning among academics to a better understanding of the symbols and pictograms on this majestic larch Idol, one of Russia’s great treasures, which is now on display a special glass sarcophagus at its permanent home, Yekaterinburg History Museum, where Savchenko is senior researcher.

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Canada: Christian claims to be victim of ‘viking discrimination’

Canada: Christian claims to be victim of ‘viking discrimination’

BBCBethany Paquette told CBC that “My beliefs have developed who I am as an individual”

A Canadian graduate of a Christian university says her religious beliefs were attacked when she applied for a job as a wilderness guide.

Bethany Paquette, who is an experienced rafting guide, says she got a shocking rejection letter when she applied to the Norwegian Amaruk Wilderness Corp, which runs treks in Canada’s north. “It did really hurt me and I did feel really attacked on the basis that I’m a Christian,”Paquette told CBC news. Trinity Western University alumnus says her beliefs “don’t come into play when I am doing my job”.

The letter from hiring manager Olaf Amundsen said, “The Norse background of most of the guys at the management level means that we are not a Christian organization, and most of us actually see Christianity as having destroyed our culture tradition and way of life.”

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