Ancient Viking Thing Discovered

No, I’m not being vague or cutesy. An honest-to-Odin ancient Viking Thing was discovered under a parking lot in Scotland.

A “Thing” is what the Norse called their parliament. One more reason to love the Vikings:

Excavations at the Cromartie Memorial car park in Dingwall uncovered evidence of a mound that archaeologists believe was established in the 11th century as a gathering spot for a Viking parliament, known as a “Thing”.

When it was constructed the “Thing” would have been on a man-made islet in the estuary of the River Pefferey, historians claimed. They believe the mound was built on the instructions of Thorfinn the Mighty, a powerful Viking earl who died in 1065.

He is thought to have laid the foundations of what would later become the royal burgh of Dingwall in Ross-shire.

It is only the second time a “Thing” site has been uncovered in the UK. Yesterday historians said the discovery would help them learn more about the Norse Vikings, who battled for control of land across the north of Scotland.

An early 20th century photograph of Dingwall’s Viking mound. Picture: Dingwall Historical Society

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  • http://bigpulpit.com/ Tito Edwards

    Yeah to my Viking ancestors!

  • http://www.parafool.com/ victor

    You can tell the Vikings were more hardcore than the mob because the Vikings buried their entire Parliament under a parking garage, not just a few stoolies.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com/ Thomas L. McDonald

    Would that we could.


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