USA: Viking Ship Discovered Near Mississippi River

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Memphis, TN | A group of volunteers cleaning up the shores of the Mississippi river near the biggest city in Tennessee, have stumbled upon the remains of an ancient boat encrusted in mud. A team of archeologists from the University of Memphis that was rapidly called to the site, confirmed that the ship is most certainly a Viking knarr, suggesting the Norse would have pushed their exploration of America a lot further than historians previously thought.

The heavily damaged ship was found near the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers, and lies on a private property. It has a length of about 16 meters, a beam of 4.5 meters, and a hull that is estimated capable of carrying up to 24 to 28 tons, a typical size for this type of ship. Knarrs were naval vessels that were built by the Norsemen from Scandinavia and Iceland for Atlantic voyages, but also used  for trade, commerce, exploration, and warfare during an era known as the Viking Age, that goes approximately from 793 to 1066 AD. They were clinker built, which means the overlapping of planks riveted together. It was capable of sailing 75 miles (121 km) in one day and held a crew of about 20 to 30 men.

One of the only artefacts on the site, this sword was probably abandoned after it broke, suggesting a violent battle.

One of the only artefacts on the site, this sword was probably abandoned after it broke, suggesting a violent battle.

This new discovery could be one of the oldest evidence of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact, and it certainly brings to mind the famous colony of “Vinland” mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas. This mythical colony would have been established by Leif Ericson around the same period as the settlement at l’Anse aux Meadows, in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the most famous site of a Norse or Viking settlement in North America outside Greenland.

Butternuts found in the Newfoundland site had already suggested that the Norse had explored the continent because they do not grow naturally north of the Canadian province of New Brunswick, hundreds of kilometers away from any known Viking settlement.

The carbon dating of the new ship estimates that it dates from between 990  and 1050 AD, approximately the period associated with Vinland and the various Canadian sites (L’Anse aux Meadows, Tantfield Valley, Avayalik Islands). This could mean that the that the Viking had actually developed a far wider trade network in the Americas that what was traditionnally believed. Unfortunately, very few other artefacts have yet been found on the site, suggesting the crew must have most likely abandoned the ship and continued on foot.

Professor James Milbury, who leads the research team working on the site, believes the Norse could have been killed by natives.

Professor James Milbury, who leads the research team working on the site, believes the Norse could have been killed by Chickasaw natives.

More searches are to be expected in the area over the next few years, as scientists will now certainly try to look for any artefacts or historical traces that could lead them to understand what happened to the crew of the ship. Many myths from local native tribes will also be analyzed by historians from the team to see if they could hold useful information, as both Chickasaw and Choctaw mythologies include many stories of fights against “red-haired devils”.

 

125 Comments on "USA: Viking Ship Discovered Near Mississippi River"

  1. I am amazed comparing the Viking Age to the age of the United States. We “Americans” are still quite new on the world stage. It makes me proud that my ancestors, the norsemen, resisted Christianity until the 11th century AD, and that we have survived for over 10,000 years. Christianity there by becomes the new religion on the world stage. Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Odinists have been here for several millennium longer than the new religion.

    • Muslims are new than Christian: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam

    • Suddenly you’re Norse??

      And please get your facts right.

      ‘Proud we have survived for 10,000years’. Oh jeez, come one. You are perpetuating a poor impression of the US. I’m betting you thought you were Irish or Scottish before they found the boat.

    • Erik the Read | August 14, 2014 at 10:38 am |

      “Odinism” is a movement which has been around for no more than 200 years. I think you may be confusing it with the sophisticated animist and polytheistic pre-Christian religious practice of Scandinavia. If you’re going to claim them as your “ancestors” at least do some basic research.

    • Odinsim? only in america can we have a neat media friendly dumbed down name, so dimbos can grasp it odism?

      We were pagan before christianity go there form 800 AD , paganism wether greek or norse follows roughly the same gods but by different name .

      Religions arent product brands like KFC , americans .

      Islam is a christian upgrade twin religons

    • Christobal Colombus, discovered Latin America, but not the now a days USA. Vikings travelled to many places around the world a looooong time before every one else.
      1163-64 approximately 40000 Scandinavian Vikings crossed inland France with 7000 longboats, occupied Paris for more than one year, starving people out and then left for homeland again.
      People of Normandy ( France ) also are decendances from the Norsemen, Vikings attacked the Normandy ( Danish vikings ) so France asked Sweden for help and some of them stayed in France after that war and became Normans ( Now a days Normandy )

    • Marcus, Islam is not an upgrade to Christianity. It’s more a huge downgrade were it actually related.

    • The Great Abyss | August 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm |

      Holy Christ, this Lady is Dumber thana box of rocks….

    • Mohammed received his first “revelation” at the age of 40. That was the year 610…

    • Frank Faldmo | August 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm |

      Asatro! Odin was their chief, but Tor was the strongest, Balder the most beautiful… They didn’t give any comitments, but a lot of good advises… It was more important how you behaved, than what you belived in. Read the havamal.. It was the advises given to the norse.. Greetings from Norway! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A1vam%C3%A1l

    • Marit Gabler | August 14, 2014 at 8:33 pm |

      My hometown in Norway was founded by the viking king Olav the holy “Olav den Hellige” in the year 1016. He sailed up the river Glomma with his men untill the big waterfall stopped them, and there was where the town was plazed, on the left side of the waterfall.
      The viking king Olav Christened Norway. So from then on Christianity was our religion. We will celebrate our towns 1000 year “birthday” in 2016.
      Our town is the third oldest one in Norway. The name is Sarpsborg. Trondheim was founded by the same viking king.

    • To Marit Gabler:
      Not even the Norwegians can keep the facts right here: The city of Trondheim (Norway`s capitol between 1030 and 1217), was NOT founded by Olav the Holy (born around 993), but by Olav Tryggvason in the year 997 (when the “Holy” Olav was around 4 years old …)
      A statue of Olav Tryggvason is standind on a big pilar in the sentrum of Trondheim.

    • deb pendleton | August 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm |

      I’m pretty sure Christianity is older than Islam by 600+ years

    • As an Norwegian, This did hurt my brain.

    • Susan Wilkinson | August 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm |

      Hi Barbara, you’ve got your Theology/mythology quite mixed up there. Muhammed was born in 570 years after Christ, give or take a few years so the Muslim faith didn’t emerge until at least 700AD. Odenism is a modern construct dating back to around the 1820’s. Germanic Paganism died out quite some time ago. I’m sure many christians and muslims would relate to their theological roots. Quite frankly we all relate back to the first humans so we’ve all survived just as long, we’ve just adapted and of course genes have mixed many times over. As we say in Scotland, we’re a’ Jock tampsons bairns 😉 Having said that I know I’m a bit viking due to the genetic studies on the Isle of Arran. turns out 90% of us have viking genes. 😀

    • Gautama Buddha lived between 560 and 480 BCE–NOT several millennia before Christ.
      Muhammad lived 570-630 AD, meaning Islam is younger than Christianity.
      Please do a little research before posting.

    • Runulfr W. Tyrfing | August 15, 2014 at 2:27 am |

      as Erik and several more say under here, Odinism is a brand new thing. as Åsatro i cant understand WHY they call it Odinism. ok, he IS the allfather, but it wasnt so many who followed him. mostly skalds and some others. it was Thor who was the main God. our forfathers also belived that a man faith was his choise, and in a land like this we NEEDED many Gods. 😉

    • 10,000 years ago when the Proto Indo-Europeans were an infant group, they probably worshiped nature spirits. From them grew up the different Indo-European languages. About 4000 to 5000 years ago, they headed down through the Middle East through Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and into India. The Hittites in Palestine were all wiped out by the Israelites. That’s why all of the pagan religions in Europe, notably those of the Celts, Latins, Greeks, and Slavs were so similar. They all had the same roots.

    • Muhammad founded Islam about 600 years after Jesus Christ was crucified. Meaning, that Christianity is 600 years older than Islam.
      You might want to get your facts straight.

    • Peter Jensen | August 15, 2014 at 9:50 am |

      The Vikings might as well have arrived from Denmark 🙂

      Regards

      Peter Jensen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    • The vikings began the naval exploration that changed the world!

    • how dumb can you be when you say that Islam came before Christianity? Judaism-Christianity- Islam… They are all connected, Jesus is a prophet in Islam… Just not the last prophet. You make Americans look bad.

    • There are several Native American stories of the Norsemen coming to trade with them. Why are you all so against the possibility that they came so far from home? They were travelers and warriors, both.

    • But but but Christopher Columbus discovered US in 1492, how could this be?

    • Know a little bit about your subject before you comment, Barbie.

    • islam appeared in the 6th century. You seem very biased against Christianity.

    • Eric the Red | August 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm |

      I just saw a viking ship with a Scientology flag heading up river by my house.

    • Muhammad wasn’t even born until 570 AD. That means after Jesus Christ’s death. Barbara, can you explain how Islam is older than Christianity?

    • Proud you resisted Christianity? HHmmmm. Islam older than Christianity? Hhhhmmmm. Christianity established 30 A.D. and Muhammed is not even born until 570 A.D. Islam begins to spread outside Mecca and Medina after his death in 632 A.D. Barbara is obviously someone with Google as a search engine. Maybe next week she will be descended from Mansa Musa.

    • UhtredofBebbanburg | August 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm |

      Sigh…Viking was a verb to the Danes, not a noun to describe them…it was all Danish back then throughout Scandinavia. Vikings did not become Vikings til much much later, they would never have called themselves Vikings, they went Viking. No one ever gets that right.

    • Hell, we’re all from Africa. So wish what you may

    • I along with a multitude am amazed at your ignorance. There is this brand new thing called ” Due Diligence” look it up in a dictionary and apply it before you spout inane comments.

    • the chinese came here 100’s of yrs. before the Vikings , also the Atlanteans fled the destruction of the island 30,000 yrs ago , its a strange strange world out there ,,,, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Having served aboard U.S. Naval vessels for several years, I’m always very impressed by anyone crossing the oceans in these much smaller craft! Amazing!

    • ERIK NIELSEN | August 15, 2014 at 11:11 pm |

      DET MÅ VÆRE ET FALSUM. BILLEDET AF SVÆRDET HAR VÆRET PUBLICERET IN FORBINDELES MED EN ANDEN UDGRAVNING I ENGLAND.OG JEG KAN IKKE FINDE ANDRE KILDER DER BEKRÆFTER HISTORIEN

    • Islam is not as old as Christianity. It was founded between 570-630 AD. That’s 500 years younger, and is concidered to be the youngest of the worlds;’ major religions.

    • Magus Ravendark Claw | August 15, 2014 at 11:48 pm |

      Odinism ? Barbara ? hello Mcfly!!!

    • Wayne: Don’t include Muslims in the ancient religions. Mohammed came after Christ.

    • Charles Irwin | August 16, 2014 at 3:38 am |

      Islam is the new religion on the block, not Christianity. It dates from the seventh century.

    • Uh what??…”Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Odinists have been here for several millennium (should be millenia)longer than the new religion”

      So many problems with this uneducated statement. Buddhism has origins about 500 years before Christ and Islam about 500 after. Christ fulfilled the prophecies of Judaism. A millenium is 1000 years so “several” milleli(a) would imply oh at least 5-7 thousnd plus years…wow.

    • You’re an idiot
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad
      Muhammad came along six hundred years AFTER Jesus reportedly was born. That is about 400 years before the Vikings you vicariously yearn for came to this continent.

    • Odinist ???? Lady, the name is “ÁSATRÚ”
      And it don´t tell you how to obey that religion, but it tells you how to survive as a person among others.

      “Deyr fé, deyja frændur,
      deyr sjálfur it sama.
      En orðstýr deyr aldreigi,
      hvems er góðan getur.”

      (Hávamál)

      It means.. You loose your gold, and friends die.
      And you self must die to.
      But what you did and what you said, will never die…

    • KeithGreenblue | August 16, 2014 at 2:33 pm |

      I have no doubt that the northmen were plagued by disease as they crossed into the lowlands. I am from new England, but the woods down south are a different ballgame, then and now. Indian population was estimated to be fifty times larger than when the second wave English came, so the point of this is, that the Vikings were so freakin audacious, to explore like this. But the question I have in mind, is why didn’t they scout the sea coast for settlements, close to ocean supply, and fortifications, and less disease. But vespuci and vacca once said ” no one dared to land, an inordinate number of peoples lined the coast.

    • And if you are looking for the latest revelation from “God Almighty” let’s not forget Joseph Smith who in the 1800’s had a direct revelation from “God”. Sorry all religion is bunk.

    • I’m so Thor I can’t pith.

    • Muslims have not been around for several millenia, You can look up Mohammeds birth date. Jus sayin

    • Let he who is without manure throw the first stone.

    • Pat Flannery | August 17, 2014 at 3:52 am |

      Gosh. Glad I’m Irish.

    • Odiousism is the oldest of them all. Imagine….Now about blowing up the fort…

    • Islam (muslim) didn’t start until the sixth century AD. Aprox 600 yrs after the jewish cult taken up by the Romans that’s became Christianity

    • Resisted Christianity? The vikings are nothing to be proud of : they were incredibly violent, crude murderers. Rape, torture, burn alive. Nothing to be proud of other than the efffectiveness of their killing and maiming and their undoubted seamanship.

    • They found a vikingboat, and suddenly everyone is talking about religion.. lmao 🙂

    • Christina Thompson | August 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm |

      I got GOOSEBUMPS!
      The carbon dating of the new ship estimates that it dates from between 990 and 1050 AD

    • @Johnny – Mansa Musa! Love it! And yeah, poor Barbara is an idiot.

    • john mercier | August 18, 2014 at 3:21 am |

      This wreck dates to before the last ice age when Vikings explored and traded as far as China and Australia.

    • That makes no sense.. Islam is not even 2 millennia old, so…..

    • Are you dumb? I can see your bent against Christianity is not based on anything other than simple hatred. Islam is 600 years younger than Christianity.

      And so what if it’s “newer”? Child sacrifice to Molech is older than Christianity so let’s bring it back then yeah?

      According to the NT, Christianity is simply the fulfillment of OT Judaism, so in one sense it is very very old (even though at 2000 years old Christianity is pretty ancient as it stands).

    • Tor was the god of thunder and Odin’s sun from on of his many wifes, Fjorgyn , Odin was the almost upper good, the good above all gods!

    • Odin was the upper god, Toe was his son and the god of thunder. Tor’s mother was Fjorgyn, one of the many wifes of Odin

    • GENE WOFFORD | August 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm |

      GENE WOFFORD- Muslims came after Christianity.

    • There sure is are lot of comments from brain dead libtard Obama supporter types.

    • Harrison Farmer | August 19, 2014 at 9:37 pm |

      We Americans aren’t new — the ethnicities that make up the USA are just as old here as they are anywhere else. Thinking of political nations? Think again. The political nation of the USA is significantly older than the political nation of the current Nordic countries, and also the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, all of Africa, all of Asia, all of South America, etc. etc. Compare apples to apples. Check out a map of nations circa 1789, you might be surprised.

    • According to the Jewish prophet Micah, Messiah (Jesus) has existed from eternity past. i.e., predating CREATION, much less these other invented religions. “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; yet One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity past.” Micah 5:2

    • WHAT AN IDIOTIC COMMENT! SHEEESH! No wonder America is going downhill so fast! Let these nuts out of the bag and they ruin a country in only 50 years..

    • So you think that even the muslims are older than Christianity?

    • My ancestry is Norse, but I’ll be the last to say that this proves that Christianity is a new religion. You’re statement and logic are ignorant.

    • Kevin Krouch | August 20, 2014 at 11:11 pm |

      Actually Barbara, you are incorrect, the Muslim religion was founded by Mohammed circa 600 A.D. and therefore is the newest of all of the major religions.

    • Maybe we can finally dump Columbus Day in favor of Eric the Red ??

    • chris bartlett | August 21, 2014 at 11:47 am |

      You and Michele Bachmann attended the same schools.

    • William Conner | August 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm |

      As a fellow who has been immersed in pre-Columbian contact of North America, the evidence includes Norsemen and Celts plus others mentioned in a book on my shelf entitled “They All Discovered America” as well as in my own “Iron Age America:Before Columbus.”

    • You’re all so worried about religous dates that no one has bothered to excoriate John Mercier for thinking this ship, dated to around 1000AD, pre-dates the last ice-age. What a maroon!

    • That is not necessarily correct regarding Hinduism and Islam in particular. They are both relatively new. Make sure you are speaking corrrectly. Even the Norse religions are only a few thousand years old. I also agree, you probably thought you were Irish and a relative of Robert De Bruce until this finding.

    • Brian, your summation is basically correct. However, during the period you mention, there was no such thing as “France” or “Sweden”. The “modern” countries that you refer to only came into being several centuries later…

    • I am amazed at the comments on this article. They are mostly attacks on poor Barbara who stuck her neck out without thinking too clearly. The article is incredible to me, blows my mind to extend the Viking incursions into this continent as far as the Mississippi River. Changes a lot of how we understood the Vikings and their presence in the New World. That’s way more interesting than Barbara’s comments, more worthy of comment. But, Barbara, be consoled. You gave lots of people the opportunity to show how brilliant they are and to pound on someone weaker.

    • this is an awesome site i never heard of American’s looking or finding a viking ship

    • Millennia. Several millennia. A millennium is only one (thousand years).

    • patrick levens | August 10, 2015 at 9:25 pm |

      i fined your commit “Odorous”

    • Anthony McPherson | August 16, 2015 at 7:40 pm |

      Muslims started quite a while AFTER the Christians.

    • Bryan Garrison | August 17, 2015 at 5:18 am |

      Hey Honey, The “Great Abyss” Says “Rocks are Dumb! I Guess well have to Throw away the Dumb Ones! I don’t know how to tell, we’ll have to ask the “Pail of Hammers”

    • The Christian age began in 33 AD the 3rd hour of the day when Peter preached the first gospel sermon the others came later. Christianity almost became no existence from 333 AD until the Restoration period starting in about the 1700 and is still being perfected back to the days of the 12 apostles

    • Terry Tibando | September 3, 2015 at 7:45 pm |

      This has nothing to do with religion so let’s not go down that road!

    • Ricky Ranger | October 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm |

      Some Modern day Vikings do still resist . Hail ODIN !

    • Sharon Cromer | November 6, 2015 at 3:43 am |

      Damn! I’m glad I’m Native American and Irish. Islam is some 500 – 600 yrs younger than Christianity. Mohammed was born in 570 AD.

    • I just had my DNA done and it says I’m 59% Scandinavian, with many generations of my family having been in Germany, no doubt seeded by the Vikings. I am however profoundly thankful to be Christian!

  2. Frode Osvald Løseth | August 14, 2014 at 11:20 am | Reply

    We Norseman will claim back our Vinland colony, and the Norwegian Kingdom will again rule over the world.

    • In that case we Danes claim back Norway! 😉

    • And Sweden will claim back both of you, haha

    • Please, we’re all Scandinavians, let’s at least fight everyone else first 😉
      Go Sweden, Go The United States of Vinland !!!!

      and it’s about time we dumped Columbus day……Leif Eriksson Day, off !!!!!

    • Timothy hall | August 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm |

      Does this mean the Minnesota Vikings will finally win the Super Bowl?

    • Ingi Bogi Bogason | August 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm |

      Please remember that Vinland was discovered by Icelanders. And if it were not for icelandic ancient writers nobody would know anything about Leifur Eiríksson or Þorfinnur karlsefni.

    • Leifur Eiriksson was Icelandik not norwegian sorry my friend he he

    • Martin the Nether-Saxon | August 14, 2014 at 10:19 pm |

      haha you Scandinavians, once you’ve settled the score, we Saxons from the East of the Netherlands will sail up the rivers through northern Germany towards Denmark and into Sweden and Norway, and slowly fill your heads with our language through trade and commerce, so that you start to speak like us. Didn’t we do that in England some 300 years before you got your golden age? And what language is it that we’re speaking here? Right, anglo SAXON. Hilsen!

    • Martin the Nether-Saxon | August 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm |

      Wait, we already did that in Scandinavia too 😛

    • Svava Frá Strandbergi | August 14, 2014 at 10:57 pm |

      It was not a Norwegian Viking who found Vinland. It was the Icelandic viking Leifur heppni, (Leif the Lucky) son of Eiríkur rauði,(Eiríkur the red) Eiríkur was also an Icelandic Viking and he himself found Greenland and settled down there with number of people from Iceland. The ruins of Eiríks´farm can still be seen on the east coast of Greenland. His son´s Leifur heppni ( Leif the lucky´s ) wife, gave birth to the first white baby in America, a son, while they were staying in Vinland.

    • Susan Wilkinson | August 14, 2014 at 11:52 pm |

      Apart from scotland, where we fought you off. 🙂

    • Sten Christoffersson | August 15, 2014 at 10:45 am |

      And the Vikings from Sweden founded Russia and Kiev on our way to the Black Sea, so we might claim those territories back from Putin and Ukraine and unite those countries again.

    • Yes send all off your blonde woman over to invade please….

    • Lesley Moar Cafferky | August 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm |

      Well Frode.. Just you come and take back the Shetland Islands that still rightfully belongs to norway.. Our Council is making a mess off it.. We have the oil now…SOS !!!Shetlanders still think off ourselves as Norse,even though we have not been since 1469, it was never our choice!…All the Scots gave us was Taxes and ministers !!!!lol

    • Will all you Scandinavian chaps please keep your hands off any Scottish islands.

      The Shetlands don’t belong to Norway any more, although they were Pictish before the Norse arrived in the 9th Century, and since the Picts are the progenitors of the bulk of the current population of Scotland, we Scots do have not only a stronger claim, we actually have them.

      Our Norse came, they stayed and they became Scots over time. One look at me would be evidence of that.

      Vote Yes on the 18th September 2014!

    • Birte Nielsen | August 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm |

      Danskerne havde både Norge og Sverige.. så det kan vi da godt kræve tilbage til vikingernes hovedland Danmark.. 🙂

    • Hi Frode Osvald Loseth. Your comment gave me the best smile. Do you belong to any religious franchise?

    • I think I may have originated in Laurasia. Live in a bit of Gondwana now, although it is prone to earthquakes.

    • Dean Bekken | August 16, 2014 at 8:33 am |

      Uff-Da!

    • tommy the norse | August 16, 2014 at 8:58 am |

      Please. We will buy both of your sorry ass contries..

    • Frode!
      First you have to take Iceland, because it was WE who found VINLAND THE GOOD.And Elin Þorbjarnadóttir was the first Europian mother in the new world.

    • Simon Davidsen | August 16, 2014 at 12:00 pm |

      And Denmark can reclaim our supremacy over Norway! 🙂

    • Broken sword, signs of a battle, all valuables missing, abandoned boat sunk on a far away river. Could be the vikings were trying to leapfrog past a heavily settled coastline getting deeper into trouble until they were finally over-run by the native americans who did not take kindly to outsiders attempting to take their lands? Luckily for the much later Europeans, a plague had just wiped out the natives leaving settled gardens just waiting to be weeded a bit!

    • Hei, Scandinavians, don’t start with those ideas of conquest or we, the Portuguese, will have to conquer the seven seas again. And this time we won’t even divide the world in 2 and give half to Spain! 😉

    • Rune The Viking | August 18, 2014 at 1:26 am |

      you can try you lousy Dane!! I’ll be waiting Tina!!

    • Tor Ivar Nilsen | August 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm |

      Now we’re talking !!! 😉

    • Don the Half-Norse | August 30, 2014 at 5:27 pm |

      Svava, Erik Torvaldsson (Eiríkr hinn rauði/Erik the Red) was born in Norway and only emigrated to Iceland when his father Torvald was exiled for manslaughter. He was born in Rogaland near what is now Stavanger and I am an direct descendant of his father’s brother Askild.

    • Not before we Yanks assimilate you from afar with our addictive pop culture. HA!

  3. This lends credence to the Heavener Runestone in Oklahoma.

    • It also lends credence to the Alexandria, MN runestone…

    • Birgir Íslendingur | August 15, 2014 at 5:39 am |

      Don´t know about that John Flowers, when translated from the Fuþark (the type of runes used on the Heavener Runestone) into Norse written in latin letters,it was discovered that it was mostly just gibberish 🙂

    • Petere Zrinski | August 15, 2014 at 6:52 am |

      The runestone in Alexandria is written in “dalrune”. A runescript that was actually used until the beginning of the 20th century in Dalarna, Sweden. “Accidentaly” the finder of the stone came from just that part of Dalarna where this way of writing was used until the 20th century. They showed a program about this here in Sweden some time ago and as soon as they showed those runes on the screen I said that thats dalrune. They came to the same conclusion at the end of the program.

    • scrutten andersson | August 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm |

      exactly… there are many of us up in scandinavia that can write runes… so has it been for all time.. I know that many of US immigrants from sweden during 18th centery did know alot about carving stones like the old vikings.

  4. To many people think about Norsemen as being blood thirsty, savage, warriors. They were farmers, traders, the best sailors of the world for centuries. They were explorers of the bravest kind!

    My ancestors were from Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, and Germanic lands. Of course I am proud of my heritage, I keep on telling people I am a pure blood barbarian!

    • Yeah, they probably broke that sword opening a cool adult beverage, not fighting off a bunch of Indians that didn’t want them around!

    • Lesley Moar Cafferky | August 15, 2014 at 2:55 pm |

      Are you from Shetland larry !!!!!!thats the way we think as well….First we are Shetlanders…then we are Scottish.. We will always remember that Norway was where we came from !!

    • The word Barbarian is a bastardized version of the Roman word for the Berber people of North Africa.

  5. This could also back up the stories of Prince Madog of Wales landing on the Mississippi who possibly became the Mandan tribe, verified also in native legend.

    • I was wondering when someone was going to comment on that!! 🙂

    • My thoughts exactly! I was thinking of Anna Lee Waldo’s trilogy of Sacajawea, Circle of Stones and Circle of Stars where she does a tremendous amount of research into this link between the Vikings and the Mandan red-haired, green-eyed tribe that used round river vessels like those of the Vikings.

    • Jean Michel | August 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm |

      Kirby , the word Barbarian , Barbare en Français, is a word from ancient greek origin used to mean that a Greek didn’t understand a clue or a language for which the Greeks were unfamiliar. It is an onomatopeic word for noise… It is perhaps the same root that the french word bruit which means noise… I have personally no idea why these people of Northern Africa were told to be Berber…
      Also interestingly Germanic language people have used the same word as Waalsche / Wallische for the people using a latin derived language in Belgium ( Wallonie south of Belgium), in Switzerland ( Wallis / Valais south west of CH), or celtic (Wales in UK)…. not forgetting the Wallach in the Balkans + ex Yugoslavia who are speaking a latin / roman dialect….

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