The viking grave at Gurness, Mainland, Orkney located where it is now perched perilously close to the edge of the coastline is, remarks Christina Lee, a special link between the old and the new – between the sea and the land.
On 11th of April 1831, the Lewis Chess Pieces, were put on public display at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, shortly after their rediscovery in a sand bank on the island of Lewis.
“We went to Tingwall, to take a picture of – The Ting”
Dr David Griffiths of Oxford University and his team have been researching the archaeological landscapes of West Mainland.
The highest density of Norse runic inscriptions in Scotland are from Orkney. But what can we tell from them about the people who carved them ?
“We travelled through time in the corridors rooms, up the stairs and down the stairs, of Tankerness House Museum in Kirkwall “
Rousay is known as the Egypt of the North for its amazing archaeological sites and now it has got even better with the discovery of a Viking Drinking Hall at Skaill Farmstead.
“ This is tremendous recognition for the work of the Destination Viking Association, of which INS in both Orkney and Shetland is a longstanding member.”
If you think Runes are a long dead language with nothing to tell us today then think again.
“Vikings are often seen as marauding heathens – praying to Odin & Co – but many were Christianised,”