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The Norse and the Islamic World: How Unique is this Ring?

The Norse and the Islamic World: How Unique is this Ring?

There’s been a lot of hype in the last week about a ring worn by a 9th century Viking woman that says, “for Allah” on the glass inlay. Nearly every article discussing the ring says that it confirms contact between…

In the Footsteps of the Vikings

In the Footsteps of the Vikings

Arrochar and Tarbet are two small villages in Argyll, Scotland. Tarbet is located on the edge of Loch Lomond, while Arrochar is on the banks of Loch Long. I have traveled many, many places, and I must say this is by far the prettiest place I have ever been.

Yorkshire Museum and York Minster

Yorkshire Museum and York Minster

We had several hours between getting to York and being able to check into the conference. So, naturally, we did what any group of eight archaeologists does when in York for a conference: check out the museum and explore the Minster.

Archaeology News 9 – 14 March 2014

News in archaeology from the past week: Jarlshof modeling, medieval Danish latrine barrels, a possible royal Anglo-Saxon village, lasers and Roman Roads in Spain, and Genghis Khan’s weather report!

Questioning Theories of Violent Invasion

Last week, Past Horizons posted about a recent study that questioned the notion that Anglo-Saxons invaded Britain and violently displaced any contemporary local population. The study looked at burials from an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Oxfordshire. The cemetery was in use over roughly 150 years, from the mid-5th through early 7th centuries, making it ideal for a study on population origins.

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