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Author Topic: New book examines Vikings in the Outer Hebrides  (Read 673 times)

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New book examines Vikings in the Outer Hebrides
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:57:56 am »
From http://www.medievalists.net/2012/01/24/new-book-examines-vikings-in-the-outer-hebrides

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A new book on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides has revealed some interesting about the Viking presence in Scotland. From Machair to Mountains shows how experts uncovered a series of virtual “time capsules” on South Uist in the form of ancient settlements preserved under sand dunes dating from the Bronze Age to the modern era. The archaeological project was undertaken with grant aid from Historic Scotland.

The research challenges the existing belief that the Norse period marked a cataclysmic change in the Hebridean way of life. Instead of supporting the view that the Scandinavian invaders killed men and enslaved their women and children, the archaeological evidence suggests a greater degree of intermixing and continuity than has previously been accepted.

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