27 July 2019

Ceolwulf II of Mercia: What the recent Viking hoard changes about Lancashire history

Written history must hold itself subject to constant revision – what has been printed is not often the entire story.

This LancLive article points that out with new info about Alfred the Great,  pre-Norman English history, and the Vikings who had considerable influence on the British Isles at the time. (Ed.)


Who was Ceolwulf II of Mercia?
Dominic Moffitt
15:15, 9 JUN 2019

Alfred the Great and the best depiction we have of Ceowulf - did Alfred erase his good name from the history books? (Image: Lancs Live)
The discovery of a previously unknown Viking hoard in Lancashire and Durham last week could impact British history. That's according to what Dr Gareth Williams, curator of early medieval coins and Viking collections at the British Museum, suggested after the coins and silver bar were discovered in targeted police raids.

But what perceptions of history have been changed by this new discovery? What is so special about this hoard and what understandings of ninth-century Britain have now been altered because of it?

We will dive into the long and highly fraught history of Ceolwulf II of Mercia, a man thought to be a minor nobleman and puppet king of the Vikings but who could now be considered a close ally of Alfred the Great and pivotal figure in pre-Norman British history.

23 July 2019

Vikings Didn't Just Pop Into Canada for a Visit They Stayed for Centuries

From Ancient Origins, an article that finally states what should have been obvious to archaeological researchers decades ago insofar as the Norse occupation of areas of northern Canada - they stayed for a very long time.

I have postulated that same scenario in my Axe of Iron novel series about the Greenland Vikings, published back in 2007 by Vinland Publishing.

Not only were the Norse in Canada much longer than originally thought, the evidence indicates cultural exchange with the Beothuk Indians of Newfoundland - some of the Greenland Norse assimilated with the Indians.

As I have stated in my novels, the Greenland Norse did not go back to Europe, they did not disappear, they assimilated with the natives. And, it appears that the effort to prove my contention is well underway, much to the chagrin of some in academia. (Ed.)


Vikiing Outpost
19 JULY, 2019 - 17:04 ASHLEY COWIE

Do you remember that 1992 electro-techno tune by KLF America What Time is Love , which at the beginning declares this music is a 1000 year celebration of the Vikings of modern day Norway reaching America? Well that actually happened, and now a team of scientists has been digging new truths from a bog near the ancient Norse explorers’ Newfoundland settlement - which indicates the “barbarian” Vikings might have integrated with natives of North America over 1000 years ago.

Five centuries before the Christian discovery of the New World, Norse ( ancient Norwegian ) explorers established a remote colony in Newfoundland known today as L’Anse aux Meadows, and while it has always been believed occupancy at the site was short-lived, microscopic new finds are demanding the length of its occupancy be revised, and then some!

Three days ago I reported on the team of archaeologists who in 2018 excavated a peat bog almost 100 feet (30 meters) east of L'Anse aux Meadows and discovered a layer of “ ecofacts” - environmental remains - radiocarbon dating to the “12th or 13th century.” Paul Ledger, the lead author and postdoctoral fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland, who took the sedimentary core samples from the bog, discovered “a layer of trampled mud littered with woodworking debris, charcoal, and the remains of plants and insects.” He found that they dated to the late 1100s or early 1200s, long after the Norse were thought to have left Newfoundland, never to return.

17 July 2019

1100-Year old Viking Poop Found

Here you go medieval Viking fans, your first look at a fossilized Viking turd from the 9th century. 

My oldest daughter, Heidi Spinks of Texas found this for me - the article, not the turd. Remember, you saw it here. (Ed.)


Lloyds Bank Coprolite - An incredibly well-preserved piece of ninth-century Viking poop.

Lloyds Bank Coprolite

Lloyds Bank coprolite. LINDA SPASHETT/CC BY 2.5

This piece of fossilized Viking poop is so well-preserved, one paleoscatologist called it as “precious as the crown jewels.” Archaeologists have dated the dung back to the ninth century, when what’s now York was ruled by Norse warrior-kings.

This coprolite (human feces) was discovered in 1972 in York under what was to become a local bank. As such, it’s been named the Lloyds Bank coprolite, or more colloquially, the Lloyds Bank turd.

Paleoscatologists determined that the human who deposited this now-renowned, seven-inch specimen had a diet of meat and bread. Unfortunately for that poor, long-dead soul, they also had a handful of intestinal issues. The scat was scattered with Whipworm and Maw-worm eggs, which would have caused stomach aches and other more unfortunate gastrointestinal symptoms.

Today, the coprolite is on display in the museum section of the Jorvik Viking Centre inside a nondistinct glass box. In 2003, a visitor group dropped the specimen and broke into three pieces. It has since been repaired, but don’t expect to get your hands dirty holding it!

Know Before You Go The coprolite is located inside the Jorvik Viking Centre, closer to the exit. An adult ticket costs £11.00.