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Science Unravels Some Secrets Of Mysterious Shipwreck Gribshunden
Science Unravels Some Secrets Of Mysterious Shipwreck Gribshunden

Jan Bartek - AncientPages.com - New excavations have coaxed more secrets from Gribshunden, the flagship of the Danish-Norwegian King Hans which mysteriously sank in 1495 off the coast of Ronneby, Sweden. The wreck is internationally significant as the world's best-preserved ship from the Age of Exploration—a proxy for the vessels of Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama. Gribshunden's figurehead was salvaged in 2015. Photo: Blekinge Museum During August and September, a scientific team from Lund University, Blekinge Museum, and...

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Unexpected Historical Discovery: Remains Of Famous Sami Woman Recovered
Unexpected Historical Discovery: Remains Of Famous Sami Woman Recovered

Jan Bartek - AncientPages.com - The remains of a famous Sami woman have been identified amongst Karolinska Institutet's anatomical collections. Representatives from the medical history and heritage department visited Malå on Friday, August 19, to present the findings and initiate a repatriation process. Since 2015, Karolinska Institutet has been making an inventory of the 800 or so human remains in its historical anatomical collection. Similar collections of skulls, bones and skeletons are held by most older anatomical institutions. The inventory is...

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Fascinating Discovery – First Female Viking Grave Discovered In Swedish Mountains
Fascinating Discovery - First Female Viking Grave Discovered In Swedish Mountains

Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - Archaeologists in Sweden have every reason to be excited after learning a mountain climber came across an extraordinary 1,200-year-old brooch. Based on recent reports, everything indicates the first female Viking grave was located in the Swedish mountains. It is a unique and surprising find that is believed to provide scientists with much better knowledge of Vikings in the mountains regions of Sweden. The brooch was discovered by mountain hiker Eskil Nyström who stumbled upon...

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Battle Of Visby – Death Came With King Atterdag’s Ships
Battle Of Visby – Death Came With King Atterdag’s Ships

A. Sutherland - AncientPages.com - Once upon a time, there was an important commercial center on Gotland, the island located in the Baltic Sea, approximately 90 kilometers east of mainland Sweden. Credit: Adobe Stock - Archivist Gotland's center of an extensive trading network stretched from Karelia in northern Finland down to the Caspian Sea in the south. The island flourished during Antiquity and Middle Ages, and its wealth in medieval times led to impressive architecture and local art development. The...

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Ingvar Vittfarne: Viking Chieftain And His Tragic Expedition To The East
Ingvar Vittfarne: Viking Chieftain And His Tragic Expedition To The East

A. Sutherland  - AncientPages.com - Ingvar Vittfarne (in English: Ingvar the Far-Travelled) (ca. 1016-1041) was a Viking chieftain from Mälardalen (Malar Valley) in central Sweden. The Icelandic saga of the Swedish Viking Ingvar the Far-travelled is believed to be a tale rather than an actual story based on facts. However, there are several fascinating runestones called Ingvar Stones in the provinces of Södermanland, Uppland, and Östergötland in central Sweden, which tell us the story of the great expedition into the...

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Unique Viking Age Shipyard Discovered At Birka Challenges Maritime Activities Of The Viking Age
Unique Viking Age Shipyard Discovered At Birka Challenges Maritime Activities Of The Viking Age

Conny Waters - AncientPages.com - Scientists have located a unique Viking Age shipyard site at Birka on Björkö in Lake Mälaren. The discovery challenges previous theories about how the maritime activities of the Viking Age were organized. A replica of the Viking Age ship at Birka. Credit: Sven Isaksson “A site like this has never been found before, it is the first of its kind, but the finds convincingly show that it was a shipyard”, says Sven Isaksson, Professor...

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Trolls – Fascinating Mythical Creatures Of Scandinavia
Trolls - Fascinating Mythical Creatures Of Scandinavia

A. Sutherland - AncientPages.com - The troll is a fascinating mythological creature, well-known in Scandinavian countries. They were  'nature beings' because encounters with them usually took place in nature. For centuries, however, trolls were found only in the landscape of Scandinavia. The troll is a fascinating mythological creature featured in the popular Swedish folklore and fairy tales Among Gnomes and Trolls (Swedish: Bland tomtar och troll). Credit: John Bauer However, a troll is also known in other parts of...

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Medieval Ship Discovered Off The West Coast Of Sweden May Have Been Attacked By Pirates
Medieval Ship Discovered Off The West Coast Of Sweden May Have Been Attacked By Pirates

Jan Bartek  - AncientPages.com - A previously undiscovered wreck has been found outside of Fjällbacka on the Swedish west coast. Analysis of wood samples shows that it is the oldest shipwreck ever found in the province of Bohuslän. This is also one of the oldest cogs that has yet to be found in Europe. "The wreck is made from oaks cut between 1233 and 1240, so nearly 800 years ago," says Staffan von Arbin, a maritime archaeologist at the University of Gothenburg. Maritime...

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Spir Mountain Cairns: Prehistoric Ancient Monuments To The Dead In Northern Sweden
Spir Mountain Cairns: Prehistoric Ancient Monuments To The Dead In Northern Sweden

Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - In Northern Sweden, there are many fascinating and mysterious ancient sites and places. Unfortunately, several of these historical sites have not been properly investigated because they are very difficult to access. Due to their remote location, they are also little known to their outside world. Left: Location of Örnsköldsvik Municipality in Sweden. Credit: Fred J - CC BY-SA 2.5 - Right: Byviken, Örnsköldsvik Municipality. Credit: Sasja - CC BY-SA 3.0 The Ritual Use Of Cairns...

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Tomte – A Beloved Scandinavian Christmas Gnome
Tomte - A Beloved Scandinavian Christmas Gnome

Ellen Lloyd – AncientPages.com – Shortly before Christmas, you can see this little fellow everywhere in Scandinavia. He appears on Christmas cards, in shops, on the Christmas tree, outdoors, and in places where you wouldn't expect to find him. He is called Tomte or sometimes tomtenisse, or just nisse, and he remains one of the most beloved Christmas figures in Scandinavia, but don't let his pleasant appearance fool you. Tomte can be a naughty little creature if you don't...

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Why We Celebrate Saint Lucy’s Day – The Bringer Of Light And Patron Of The Blind
Why We Celebrate Saint Lucy's Day - The Bringer Of Light And Patron Of The Blind

Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - On December 13, the Feast of Saint Lucy is celebrated in some countries. This special Christmas holiday is very important, mainly in Scandinavia and Italy. It's called St. Lucy day (also known as St. Lucia Day). The celebration is in honor of Saint Lucy. She was a martyr who became a patron of the blind and those with eye disorders who died during the Diocletianic Persecution. The woman was killed because she wanted to...

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Unusual Iron Age Burial With Warrior And Sword Discovered On Gotland, Sweden – Was He From The Roman Empire?
Unusual Iron Age Burial With Warrior And Sword Discovered On Gotland, Sweden - Was He From The Roman Empire?

Jan Bartek - AncientPages.com - Archaeology students from the Uppsala University have uncovered the remains of an Iron Age warrior in Sweden. The find made during excavations in Buttle Änge on the Swedish island Gotland has been described as “rather unusual” and the deceased may not have been from Scandinavia. Iron Age warrior discovered on Gotland in Sweden. Credit: Katarina Hedström/Sveriges Radio The man who scientists think may have served in the Roman army was discovered in the midst...

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