The next – FREE – on-line seminar, entitled ‘A great show-off: Carving as an expression of self in the runic inscriptions of Maeshowe’ will be on Friday April the 29th, when Dr Karen Langsholt Holmqvist will present her research on medieval runic graffiti.
The research team spent 3 years gathering sediment samples from a lake called Lake 578. There were Norse settlements close to this lake.
“Some of the mounds produced by Iron Age Brochs provided conveniently elevated sites for these gatherings of the Norsemen, and became Tings.”
Described in the Saga as: ‘the greatest man the western world has ever seen in ancient and modern times’- this is part of his story.
The dig runs on weekdays from July 5 until July 16. Visitors are welcome to visit the dig between 10am and 4pm.
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 ?