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Viking chief's burial ship found in Scotland

Posted on Friday, 21 October, 2011 | Comment icon 15 comments


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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

An ancient 1000-year-old Viking chieftan's burial ship has been found on a Scottish peninsula.

Situated on the remote West Coast of Scotland, Ardnamurchan is a long, narrow peninsula along the shores of Loch Sunart and marks the most westerly tip of the British Mainland. Vikings came to this picturesque part of Scotland for hundreds of years and now archaeologists are benefitting from the spoils of this centralized burial area.

"A Viking ship, which for 1,000 years has held the body of a chieftain, with his shield on his chest and his sword and spear by his side, has been excavated on a remote Scottish peninsula the first undisturbed Viking ship burial found on the British mainland."

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Comment icon #6 Posted by Swadwa on 23 October, 2011, 16:58
Extremely respectful??? Raiding graves of cultures who believed it was taboo to do - I wouldn't call that respect! Also, if Organized Religion (The Church) didn't wipe out those cultures in the first place, you still could have descendants to talk too.
Comment icon #7 Posted by BrianPotter on 23 October, 2011, 17:09
Extremely respectful??? Raiding graves of cultures who believed it was taboo to do - I wouldn't call that respect! Also, if Organized Religion (The Church) didn't wipe out those cultures in the first place, you still could have descendants to talk too. You have no comprehension of European archeology...any graves that are dug and cleaned are reburied in a more suitable place which isn't the same for graves that are dug over and over again by agricultural farming which sometimes brings the bones to the surface...which would you prefer in that scenario....?....also the vikings were not wiped out... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Swadwa on 23 October, 2011, 17:25
Lets see, have my bones intentionally dug up and examined then buried in a Christian graveyard, or accidentally disturbed by someone plowing a field. I'll take the second one thank you. And by the way, if you're talking white America doesn't have a vast history? I would agree, but us Native Americans have an extensive history. Thank you.
Comment icon #9 Posted by BrianPotter on 23 October, 2011, 18:12
Lets see, have my bones intentionally dug up and examined then buried in a Christian graveyard, or accidentally disturbed by someone plowing a field. I'll take the second one thank you. And by the way, if you're talking white America doesn't have a vast history? I would agree, but us Native Americans have an extensive history. Thank you. Well the vikings actually changed religion by there own choice to Christianity so i dont see your point.Its widely thought now that they pillaged Christian churches for the wealth they contained and not through hatred of the religion....we found this out by ar... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Swadwa on 23 October, 2011, 18:16
Conversion to Christianity (Organized Religion) has gone on since it's origin, and is a major contributing factor to the destruction to many native cultures, including the Celts and Vikings. It still happens today with missionaries, who by have control over the economic and political situation of these natives and if they do not conform, strong arm them by denying those families food, medicine, etc. Let's not even talk about the Inquisition. Yes the Church has gone a long way to destroy cultures.
Comment icon #11 Posted by BrianPotter on 23 October, 2011, 18:25
Conversion to Christianity (Organized Religion) has gone on since it's origin, and is a major contributing factor to the destruction to many native cultures, including the Celts and Vikings. It still happens today with missionaries, who by have control over the economic and political situation of these natives and if they do not conform, strong arm them by denying those families food, medicine, etc. Let's not even talk about the Inquisition. Yes the Church has gone a long way to destroy cultures. The Vikings changed of there own free will....not by strong arm tactics.I cant see what your point... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Swadwa on 25 October, 2011, 0:24
Yes, we would like to think that, that people convert of their own free will. As far as the Vikings and other traditional European cultures the truth is that the kings where persuaded by money and wealth from the church, and who in turn, CONVINCED their people through manipulative and forceful means, however, the people continued to practice there traditional ways in secret for a while until finally giving up because local churches had so much political powers.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Muenzenhamster on 25 October, 2011, 3:26
There are a couple on this Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardnamurchan_boat_grave Thanks Abramelin! I like your posts, you always seem to have something worthwhile to add. That's a mighty fine sword, from the x-ray. This was no pauper's burial, I'd wager.
Comment icon #14 Posted by BrianPotter on 25 October, 2011, 6:02
Yes, we would like to think that, that people convert of their own free will. As far as the Vikings and other traditional European cultures the truth is that the kings where persuaded by money and wealth from the church, and who in turn, CONVINCED their people through manipulative and forceful means, however, the people continued to practice there traditional ways in secret for a while until finally giving up because local churches had so much political powers. The vikings raided the churches for its wealth anyway so they have had it without converting to a different religion.....anyway the th... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by BrandOfAmber on 16 November, 2011, 23:31
Well the vikings actually changed religion by there own choice to Christianity so i dont see your point.Its widely thought now that they pillaged Christian churches for the wealth they contained and not through hatred of the religion....we found this out by archeology...hence why its good to learn about old civilizations via this method.I didn't mean any disrespect to you about native American history and i apologise if it came across that way....it was meant about the rest of Americas history or lack of it.Most ancient burial sites through our history do get shown respect and are often kept a... [More]


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