DNA Tests Show Brits Have Mainly Stayed Put Since 600AD

  Amazing! “a map showing tribes of Britain in 600AD is almost identical to a new chart showing genetic variability throughout the UK, suggesting that local communities have stayed put for the past 1415 years” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11480732/Britons-still-live-in-Anglo-Saxon-tribal-kingdoms-Oxford-University-finds.html What’s also interesting is this: “there is no genetic signature from the Danish Vikings even though they controlled large…

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A Quick Guide to the Norse Gods

Freyja, Tyr, Frigg … having a hard time remembering who is who? Check out this great Quick Guide to the Norse Gods. http://www.medievalists.net/2015/01/28/quick-guide-norse-gods/

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Vikings in Ireland before the raid on Lindesfarne in 793?

Tests on excavated remains of four young men found under Dublin’s South Great George’s Street show that they had been buried years, or even decades, before the “start” of the Viking Age. http://www.archaeology.org/issues/168-1503/features/2969-ireland-dublin-early-viking-prescence

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Sverd i Fjell, Norway

Sverd i Fjell is a massive monument in Norway that was built in 1983 to commemorate the Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872, which resulted in King Haralf Fair Hair uniting the three districts of Norway into one kingdom. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sverd_i_fjell  

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My Vegvisir

Getting a tattoo has taken a surprisingly long time. I decided I wanted something Norse / Viking / Scandinavian on my arm for a few years, and finally decided on a Vegvisir because “if this sign is carried, one will never lose one’s way in storms or bad weather, even when the way is not…

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