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Archeologists Find Gateway to the Viking Empire

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posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 07:22 PM
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Archeologists Find Gateway to the Viking Empire


For a century, archeologists have been looking for a gate through a wall built by the Vikings in northern Europe. This summer, it was found. Researchers now believe the extensive barrier was built to protect an important trading route.

Their attacks out of nowhere in rapid longboats have led many to call Vikings the inventors of the Blitzkrieg. "Like wild hornets," reads an ancient description, the Vikings would plunder monasteries and entire cities from Ireland to Spain.


Here's an interesting twist - the Vikings having to fortify their trade route to prevent raids on themselves.

The paper mentions that "King Göttrik of Denmark ordered in 808 that the border of his empire with that of the Saxons be fortified." This wall and gateway protects a strip of land where the Vikings would have to portage their goods overland, where they were vulnerable to attacks from neighboring Saxons and Slavs.

The articles has several photos of the excavation.




posted on Aug, 28 2010 @ 09:34 PM
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It goes to show that a wall cant save a empire from falling

Cool find thanks for info...



posted on Aug, 30 2010 @ 07:53 AM
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Very interesting discovery, the Vikings are a very important part of the history of the area, always good to hear news of such discoveries.

S&F



posted on Aug, 30 2010 @ 07:53 AM
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