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Mysterious Viking Sword Made With Technology From the Future?

ANCIENT ORIGINS.NET
By Tara MacIsaac,


Epoch Times The Viking sword Ulfberht was made of metal so pure it baffled archaeologists. It was thought the technology to forge such metal was not invented for another 800 or more years, during the Industrial Revolution.

 About 170 Ulfberhts have been found, dating from 800 to 1,000 A.D. A NOVA, National Geographic documentary titled “Secrets of the Viking Sword”, first aired in 2012, took a look at the enigmatic sword’s metallurgic composition.

 In the process of forging iron, the ore must be heated to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit to liquify, allowing the blacksmith to remove the impurities (called “slag”). Carbon is also mixed in to make the brittle iron stronger. Medieval technology did not allow iron to be heated to such a high temperature, thus the slag was removed by pounding it out, a far less effective method.

The Ulfberht, however, has almost no slag, and it has a carbon content three times that of other metals from the time. It was made o…

Well preserved 5,500 year-old hafted flint axe found in Denmark

Following the recent discoveries of a flint knife with wooden hilt still intact and a series of footprints in the soft mud, an approx. 5,500-year-old flint axe has also emerged from the ground. Complete with its wooden haft, the axe, along with other well preserved artefacts, sheds light on ritual acts of the time. As part of the archaeological survey ahead of the future Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link, archaeologists from Museum Lolland-Falster observed that the thin-butted axe appears to have been deliberately jammed into what was the seabed off the southern coast of Lolland 5,500 years ago. Axes are among the typical finds from the Neolithic, but in hafted form, they are extremely rare.


A rare find “Finding a hafted axe as well preserved as this one is quite amazing. Because of the unique preservation conditions, we have found a lot of organic material during the excavations, including a large number of worked and upright wooden stakes. But we have also found more special ar…

Watlington hoard of Viking silver casts light on Alfred the Great era

Coins and other items buried in the late 870s and found by hobby metal detectorist in farmer’s field in Oxfordshire may be worth a small fortune
 http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/dec/10/watlington-hoard-viking-silver-coins-alfred-the-great


Part of the hoard being examined at the British Museum. Photograph: PA


A hoard of Viking silver that casts new light on Alfred the Great and the one-time ally he virtually obliterated from history has been found by a metal detectorist in a field in Oxfordshire.
The hoard, described when it arrived at the British Museum as “a greasy haggis with bits of treasure sticking out at the corners”, was buried in the late 870s, the period in which the hit television series Last Kingdom is set. It may have been the hastily concealed wealth of a Viking conscious of imminent regime change after the defeat of the invaders by Alfred the Great at the battle of Edington in 878.
The discovery in October, on farmland near Watlington, may be worth a small…

Comencemos el año con un brinds! Happy new year!

Se descubrió que la cerveza adelgaza y que sirve para combatir estas 10 enfermedades!Recientemente se ha descubierto que no solamente el vino tomado con moderación es bueno para nuestra salud, sino también que la cerveza es buena cuando se toma moderadamente. Esto así lo confirma una investigación protagonizada por muchos profesionales de la salud en diferentes partes del mundo. Y parte de todos estos beneficios son, el que la cerveza, es buena hasta para perder peso. Y esto no se queda aquí, puesto a que también tiene la capacidad de reducir el colesterol malo en la sangre, previene la diabetes, el Alzheimer y la gripe. Quizás estés pensando, pero bueno; si siempre se ha escuchado a las personas decir que la cerveza infla la barriga y engorda, pero es todo lo contrario, pues mediante estudios realizados en España, beber cerveza con moderación a diario, evita el aumento de peso, además de que previene la diabetes, la hipertensión y problemas del corazón.
Esto así lo confi…

Hallan 39 lingotes de oricalco, un metal legendario

Hallan 39 lingotes de oricalco, un metal legendario descrito por Platón en La Atlántida Un grupo de buzos encuentra 39 lingotes de oricalco en el mar de Gela, al sur de la isla de Sicilia El oricalco u orichalcum, como se le denomina en la Antigüedad, es un metal legendario que aparece mencionado en los muchos escritos antiguos. El término, en sí, deriva del griego y significa “cobre de montaña”. Su leyenda se magnifica porque el filósofo griego Platón, que vivió entre los años 427 y 347 a.C. aproximadamente, lo menciona en sus escritos sobre la Atlántida. Según se extrae de estos longevos textos, el oricalco es el segundo metal más valioso de la época y predomina en muchas partes de la Atlántida. El diario Ansa de Sicilia, recientemente, nos sorprende con la noticia de que ha aparecido treinta y nueve lingotes relucientes de oricalco en el mar de Gela, situado en la costa meridional de la isla italiana de Sicilia, en una zona perteneciente a la provincia de Caltanissetta. El hallazgo …