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Elfdalian, the Ancient Viking Forest Language of Sweden, Set to be Revived

The ancient Viking language of Elfdalian has been almost entirely wiped out, with only 2,500 people in a tiny forest community in Sweden currently keeping it alive. Now people fight to revive the historic tongue by bringing it back to schools before it vanishes completely. The Conversation reports that the ancient dialect of Elfdalian (älvdalska in Swedish and övdalsk in the language itself) was a vigorous language until well into the 20th century. Sounding to listeners like a beautiful and complex language as spoken by the Elven race in fantasy epics, Elfdalian is actually derived from Old Norse, the language of the Vikings. However, it is radically different from Swedish, writes University of Copenhagen linguist Dr. Guus Kroonen. He explains that it “sounds like something you would more likely encounter in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings rather than in a remote Swedish forest.”  It can be heard on the video below.
Elfdalian is unique among Nordic languages, expressing itself with differe…

La "Chica de Egtved"

http://www.losandes.com.ar/noticia/cientificos-cuentan-el-largo-viaje-de-joven-muerta-hace-unos-3-400-anos


Científicos cuentan el largo viaje de joven muerta hace unos 3.400 años La "Chica de Egtved" era adolescente al morir. Lograron desentrañar el periplo de 8 mil kilómetros que hizo buscando sobrevivir.
Los restos de una joven que vivió hace unos 3.400 años parecen indicar que llevó a cabo un largo periplo en los últimos meses de su vida para acabar muriendo en la actual Dinamarca, a 800 km de donde nació, según un estudio publicado el jueves.
Se trata de la "Chica de Egtved", una localidad de la península de Jutlandia, en lo que hoy es Dinamarca, donde se descubrieron sus restos en 1921, ocultos en un tronco de roble hueco, donde habían permanecido envueltos en un cuero de vaca presumiblemente desde el verano del año 1.370 antes de nuestra era. Sus huesos no se conservaron, pero su pelo rubio, sus dientes, sus uñas y parte de su cerebro y piel sí se habían cons…

Norwegian Vikings Cultivated Hemp

Norwegian Vikings Cultivated Hemp
On a secluded Iron Age farm in Southern Norway, archaeological findings show that it was common to cultivate cannabis in the Viking Age. The question is how the Vikings used the fibers, seeds and oil from the versatile plant. For more than fifty years, samples from archaeological excavations at Sosteli Iron Age Farm have been stored in the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, according to an article on research portalForskning.no. Analyses show that in the period between the years 650 and 800 AD, i.e. the beginning of the Viking Age, hemp was cultivated on the remote mountain farm. This is not the first time there are found traces of cultivation this far back in time, but Sosteli stands out. – In the other cases, it is only made individual findings of pollen grains. Here, it is discovered very much more, says archaeologist and county conservator Frans-Arne Stylegar to forskning.no. Sosteli is located much less central than other places where simil…

Bronze Viking Age Dragon found in Birka, Sweden

Bronze Viking Age Dragon found in Birka, Sweden
An interesting find from Birka in Sweden, where archaeologists have discovered a bronze dragon, which may have originally formed part of an ornate dress pin. One of the most iconic images from Viking Age Sweden, the Birka Dragon had previously only been known from a soapstone mould that was uncovered in the 1870s (see image below). Although the new artefact is still in a pre-conservation state and as a result highly corroded, the out-line of Birka’s famous dragon can just be discerned. ‘We did not understand immediately what we found, it took a few minutes‘ said Sven Kalmring, professor at the Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie, who carried out the archaeological excavation along with theDepartment of Archaeology at Stockholm University. The dragon’s head has now been sent for conservation and will eventually be put on display in a local Museum. Founded in the late 8th century AD, Birka was an important early Viking port…

Stone Circle Discovered That Could Be Older Than Stonehenge

Stone Circle Discovered That Could Be Older Than Stonehenge   by TROY OAKES


Archaeologists have revealed that a newly discovered stone circle could be of a similar age toStonehenge. The mysterious ruined structure is the first for more than a century. Archaeologists believe that this is evidence the area was home to anadvanced ancient civilization.


Archaeologists discovered the massive ancient stone circle on Dartmoor, which is near Sittaford Tor. The circle is the highest circle in southern England at 1,722 feet (525 meters) above sea level, and the second largest on Dartmoor, with a diameter of 112 feet (34 meters)

he ancient circle would have formed part of a “sacred arc” of sites on the moor, and the remote location and sheer ambition of the arc suggests careful planning went into its construction. “It’s spectacular, the highest circle we’ve got,” senior archaeologist at Dartmoor National Park Jane Marchand toldMail Online.


Alan Endacott, an independent academic researcher, originall…

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