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Archaeologists find evidence of possible Viking elite stronghold in Finland
05-15-2014, 02:29 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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Aerial evidence discovered in the village of Kvarnbo, Saltvik in the autonomous Åland Islands points to the existence of an ancient Viking banquet hall – a possible watering hole for Viking elite of an era long gone. Since the first aerial explorations, researchers have excavated personal jewelry, evidence that the site may have been frequented by Viking nobles.

According to archaeologists aerial infrared images suggest the existence of a late Iron Age settlement, possibly the largest such find ever in the Åland Islands or all of mainland Finland.

The aerial imaging highlighted a depression 40 metres deep and 12 metres wide which might have been the site of a massive hall used to host gatherings of ancient Vikings. No other similar find of this size has ever been discovered in the Ålands of on the Finnish mainland.

The imaging project followed observations of depressions which resembled the outlines of late Iron Age structures from other parts of Scandinavia. Once the images revealed the outline of the hall, cautious excavation turned up personal ornaments cast in silver and bronze, and which point to the site as an important location in the Viking world.

Researchers working under the leadership of archaeologist Dr. Kristin Ilves found that the items had been forged in the shape a bird of prey as well human or animal heads. These findings they say, give weight to the theory that the site was visited by persons of elevated status. The jewelry has been dated back to between the 5th and 10th century.

The research project, "The Hall at the Crossroads of Baltic Waterways" was initiated in 2012 following the results of the infrared imaging.


The hall at the crossroads of Baltic waterways

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The Finns weren't Vikings, I think the Finns scared them, but there are some Viking remains up here along the coast also. Mainstream archaeology doesn't want that to be the case so they mainly just ignore it. The Vikings traded all over the Baltic and the Åland islands are a natural landing spot and it doesn't surprise me they were an obvious place to build a place of that nature. It's still an important landing point in sea traffic between Finland and Sweden.

I found it interesting that it would be nobility or some other rich Vikings traveling here...
05-15-2014, 02:39 PM #2
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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They have done an effective job of covering up the true history of Finland. I've seen things with my own eyes to indicate an advanced monument building society was here before the ice age.
One in particular could have well been a pyramid structure before the glaciers toppled it.
In the same area is a bronze age graveyard, and viking runes found within 20 km from where we spotted this.
We've contacted geologists here who say it's not possible, and that we've found an anomalous work of nature.
Geologists from the US and Italy as well as Rog' expressed great interest in what we stumbled on.

05-15-2014, 02:42 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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The Vörå runes (Vörårunorna) were found in the municipality of Vörå, Finland. between 1978 and 1982. They are rock carvings, found in two separate locations, in an area of marsh and forest area of approximately 7-9 km from the municipal centre of Vörå. The engravings include a cross and a picture of the ship. In the 1980s the National Board of Antiquities estimated that they are not from the Viking era, but are likely to be fakes, and no more than 100-200 years old, as the Vörå engravings shape differ from the typical runes. However, other sources state they are likely from the late Viking period.

05-15-2014, 03:28 PM #4
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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Due to the fact that there's no Michelein Guide for pre-history the so-called experts generally have their fanciful ideas around which to mold the evidence into rather than resort to the scientific method and build hypothesis from the evidence.

And who's to say?

A group of folks out sea faring, 'splorin' and occasionally raiding for a bit of sport might well have acquired the trappings of 'nobility' and left them behind at the tavern at the Crossroads, either as collateral on a bar tab or lost in a runes game ~ who knows? chuckle.gif
05-15-2014, 04:20 PM #5
Accidental Stoner Member
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I'm absolutely convinced, that Swedo-Germanic tribes
were here right away when climate allowed it, after the
ice age.

Just as soon as Nordic pre-historic man learned how to
hollow out a tree trunk canoe...


Was never far between Sweden and Finland.
Not even before the great land uplift.
05-15-2014, 04:23 PM #6
Accidental Stoner Member
Posts:8,647 Threads:79 Joined:Feb 2011
...and, again, the Academic Terminology Police says:

-There was never a people called 'the Vikings'.
To 'go Viking' was something you did,
not something you were born as.

Just sayin'... 13.gif



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