A board with beautiful decorations made of whalebone. But what was it for?
Isn’t language just magical all by itself? I love this title with two words that summon a mystical world by their pronounciation, rhythm and meaning alone. Before I get lost in linguistics, let me quickly tell you about the research of an expert whose study on Orcadian runecarvers can be read and heard on the ever-informative Medievalists.net.
What place names reveal about the Orkneys in the Viking Age.
778 – Birth of Louis the Pious.
1117 – Murder of Saint Magnus.
Reports are circling online about the Newark Bay cemetry on the Orkneys. Northern Europe has seen its share of fierce storms this winter and it has caused further erosion on the coastline near the cemetry with its Pict and Viking burials. Locals are trying to prevent more burials to be swept or washed away by placing sandbags. Read fine and comprehensive articles on LiveScience and Smithsonian Magazine.
Archaeologists have found a Viking hall on the isle of Rousay, Orkneys that dates back to the 10-12th century! See the press release on University of the Highlands and Islands. And as one commenter points out: just in time for the Viking Week on the Orkneys!