posted on Sep, 9 2003 @ 05:10 AM
>One of the lesser known Sagas speaks of a race in the >west land. They were called the "Ugly Ones" as the >Norsemen saw them. The saga actually
complained >that such a large land had nothing to offer them, so >they left. I belive that this is one of the reasons we >have found no large
settlements in the American >continent.
Only small settlements to wait for better season to return. And small explorer settlements.
>Norsemen were incredible traders and business men, >the thought of the wild long haired horned helmeted >pillagers is actually a product of the
Partly! Tall and long haired they were, at least tall in comparrison to the rest of the european population. Last Viking grave in my town found 2
bodies. One male with length of 180cm (About 5'11") and one male at 191cm. This was tall compared at that time.
They often had long hair. Bodies found in marches usally proofes this.
About horned helmets, there were no warriors with horned helmets at all.
>The term Viking or "Avikinj" is actually a job discription >to go A Viking was actually going out trading and >raiding.
Sort of! Word comes from the Scandinavian word Vik which means Bay. Go visit bays. Most Vikings were traders. When we got more organized we raised
armys and navys and went looting too.
>But to get back to the point, one of the reasons that >the Norseman didnt actually settle was becaus the >Indians had no real goods to trade, fur and
the like >was of no interest to the Norseman, hence no long >term settlements.
But still, way before Columbus!