(Image source: LiveScience / Oliver J. O’Grady)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

 

 

Archaeologists in Scotland have uncovered what looks to be an ancient Viking parliament underneath a parking lot, of all places.


Excavations in the town of Dingwall unearthed what’s known as a “Thing” site. The term comes from the Old Norse word ping, meaning assembly. (Via The Scotsman

 

These “Thing” sites acted as meeting places for ancient Norsemen to settle disputes and make laws. This one in particular, historians believe, was built at the instruction of the powerful Viking chief known as Thorfinn the Mighty. (Via History Channel

 

The team was originally tipped off to the site because the name of the town, Dingwall, probably came from the Viking word thingvellir, meaning “the field of the assembly.” (Via YouTube / Nigel Cole

 

Using radioactive carbon isotopes, the team was able to date the charcoal found in the soil, which they discovered dated back to the medieval period. (Via BBC

 

The site’s director told LiveScience: “It’s a fantastic find, really. No ones had dating [information] from a Thing site in Scotland.”

 

Gizmodo points out there have been other ancient discoveries paved over in the U.K.

 

Just last February, researchers identified the skull of King Richard III under a parking lot in Leicester, England. (Via National Geographic

 

And in April, archaeologists uncovered the skeletal remains of eight people believed to be the relatives of a medieval knight — also under a parking lot. (Via Daily Mail

 

The archaeologists behind this latest find say they hope their discovery can help them learn more about the Norse Vikings and their raids across Europe. 

Archaeologists Discover Viking Parliament Under Parking Lot

by Elizabeth Hagedorn
0
Transcript
Oct 26, 2013

Archaeologists Discover Viking Parliament Under Parking Lot

(Image source: LiveScience / Oliver J. O’Grady)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

 

 

Archaeologists in Scotland have uncovered what looks to be an ancient Viking parliament underneath a parking lot, of all places.


Excavations in the town of Dingwall unearthed what’s known as a “Thing” site. The term comes from the Old Norse word ping, meaning assembly. (Via The Scotsman

 

These “Thing” sites acted as meeting places for ancient Norsemen to settle disputes and make laws. This one in particular, historians believe, was built at the instruction of the powerful Viking chief known as Thorfinn the Mighty. (Via History Channel

 

The team was originally tipped off to the site because the name of the town, Dingwall, probably came from the Viking word thingvellir, meaning “the field of the assembly.” (Via YouTube / Nigel Cole

 

Using radioactive carbon isotopes, the team was able to date the charcoal found in the soil, which they discovered dated back to the medieval period. (Via BBC

 

The site’s director told LiveScience: “It’s a fantastic find, really. No ones had dating [information] from a Thing site in Scotland.”

 

Gizmodo points out there have been other ancient discoveries paved over in the U.K.

 

Just last February, researchers identified the skull of King Richard III under a parking lot in Leicester, England. (Via National Geographic

 

And in April, archaeologists uncovered the skeletal remains of eight people believed to be the relatives of a medieval knight — also under a parking lot. (Via Daily Mail

 

The archaeologists behind this latest find say they hope their discovery can help them learn more about the Norse Vikings and their raids across Europe. 

View More
Comments
Newsy
www3