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Tooth marks link Vikings, Indians


Posted on Monday, 16 January, 2006 | Comment icon 7 comments


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"A scientist who found deep grooves chiselled into the teeth of dozens of 1,000-year-old Viking skeletons unearthed in Sweden believes the strange custom might have been learned from aboriginal tribes during ancient Norse voyages to North America -- a finding that would represent an unprecedented case of transatlantic, cross-cultural exchange during the age of Leif Ericsson."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by ROGER on 16 January, 2006, 13:05
Nothing strange about marking your teeth. I have my name stamped on mine. Don't want to mix them up with Grandma's teeth!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Mad Manfred on 16 January, 2006, 15:19
North America's got Aboriginals?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Irish on 16 January, 2006, 15:29
I have had a hobby over twenty years studying ancient Celtic artwork and have always been amazed at the similarity of Viking and North American Native artwork. The Bodhrán a Celtic drum is also a musical link between the three cultures. I have been convinced for a long time that this is the case. Another link is primitive bread called bannock that is also shared by the three.
Comment icon #4 Posted by angrycrustacean on 16 January, 2006, 19:41
...ugh. I shuddered at the thought of having my teeth filed. It gives me goosebumps. Uuugh.
Comment icon #5 Posted by frogfish on 16 January, 2006, 21:09
my teeth hurt
Comment icon #6 Posted by Leliel on 17 January, 2006, 23:01
my teeth hurt ...ugh. I shuddered at the thought of having my teeth filed. It gives me goosebumps. Uuugh. I'll add the missed out "ouch!" hmm... wonder if they had the marks took away if they cried in pain whils't this was being done also, I wonder how deep the grooves were...
Comment icon #7 Posted by AztecInca on 18 January, 2006, 9:59
North America's got Aboriginals? Well yes. Aboriginals are a Nations Indigenous peoples and in North America they are the American Indians as many like to call them.


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