The topic of this article from
BBC News is the
discovery of a Thing site in the town
at the head of Cromarty Firth in northeastern Dingwall ,
Dingwall, from the Norse Þingvöllr, meant meeting place, hence the meeting place of the
Norse Thing. This area is rich in Viking history and
many discoveries have been made in the area. For readers who may not know the
definition of a Norse Thing, I offer
the following from the Glossary of my
novel, The Settlers, the first book
in my Axe of Iron series on the
Vikings of UK Greenland.
Thing—The h is silent, thus literally Ting. An annual
assembly that served as the governing body of Norse society
and at which any Freemen could bring their concerns before
the chieftain, or lawspeaker, for the rule of law. Although
women could be heard at a thing, they had no vote.
"Exciting answers" to questions about Dingwall's Viking past are to be revealed
New evidence confirming Dingwall's origins as a Viking power base are to be revealed at a public meeting in the Highland town later this month.
Dingwall's Cromartie car park is believed to be the site of a "thing", the meeting place of a medieval Norse parliament. Archaeologists excavated part of the car park last year.
A report on the dig, including the results of radiocarbon dating, will be presented at the meeting. Highland Council said some "exciting answers" to questions about the town's Viking past will be revealed. Ahead of next Wednesday's event, local councillors said in a joint statement: "Tracing our Viking past is one of the most exciting things that has happened in Dingwall. "The archaeological investigation well and truly put Dingwall on the map."
Dr Oliver O'Grady of OJT Heritage, which was commissioned by Dingwall History Society to dig a trial trench in the car park, will give a report on what the excavation uncovered. Another of the speakers will be David MacDonald who was commissioned to put together a historical investigative report on Dingwall as a Viking thing site.
A new book, Things in the Viking World, edited by Olwyn Owen, will also be launched at the meeting.
Dingwall is a location on a European tourist trail of thing sites. Funded by the EU, the Thing Sites GeoTour involves
, Scotland , Norway , the Faroes and Isle
of Man. It has been described as a treasure hunt in which visitors use Iceland GPS and mobile phone apps
to uncover details about the locations.
, thing sites can also
be found in Shetland and Orkney. Scotland
The Dingwall event will be held in Highland Council's High Street office from .