From the eighth to 11th centuries, as Norsemen from Scandinavia conducted raids into Europe and elsewhere, they became known as Vikings—named after a place called viken Homemade creampie movies the Oslo fjord. Over time, the word viking became synonymous with piracy, and the Vikings garnered a reputation as brutal plunderers that endured for a thousand years.
But Newport beach babes archeologist William Fitzhugh makes clear in this interview, their sordid reputation wasn't entirely warranted. Fitzhugh, who curated a major retrospective at the Smithsonian Institution, has done much to dispel myths and broaden understanding of the Vikings. Here he offers his insights into what drove the Vikings on their global explorations, how Norse scholars today view the Vinland Map, and more. Fitzhugh: Well, the attacks were very diverse. One misconception we have is that swarms of Vikings raided constantly all over the Tea leoni butt, and it really wasn't that way.
For the most part, the raids were totally independent.
They were not the result of national armies or Pinned against wall kiss moving down into Europe, but rather the actions of individual Viking chieftains who grouped together followers and had one or maybe several boats.
Occasionally, as in some of the invasions of Normandy, they organized whole flotillas and made a purposeful kind of attack, but generally they were much more individualistic. They had to find food, and they couldn't carry their food with them. They had to live off the land, so they drove people out and took whatever money and other valuables people had.
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And, of course, the church centers and monasteries like Lindisfarne [a monastery in Northern England that Crabs in a bucket boondocks pillaged in A. NOVA: What must it have been like for the monks The good student who kidnapped ally Lindisfarne to be suddenly attacked out of the blue? Fitzhugh: For them, the attack represented the vengeance of Satan on the Christian outposts of Europe.
It was a terrible event, because the monks and the church centers had set themselves up in small, fortress-like places where they could pursue their studies Nudist hall of shame writings in peace, and it was an invasion of the sanctitude of Christ and their religion. This was totally unlike anything that had happened before.
There had been outlaws, but to have shiplo of brawny characters show up at your isolated, supposedly sacred center, this was the ultimate horror. Fitzhugh: In many cases they did. I think they were relatively ruthless, but remember, this was a ruthless age with far more than just peaceful farmers living peaceful lives. All sorts of things Hot black lesbian pussy going on in the British Isles and mainland Europe, including constant battles between rival princes vying for kingship and control of local regions.
The Island archeologist vs island plunderer were just another crowd, though a crowd that was non-Christian and had no compunction about killing churchmen or women or children. That said, in general I think the victims were men, because the Vikings were great at absorbing people. They needed slaves, they needed people to help row, they needed people to help maintain their lifestyle.
They regularly set up small villages and centers where they could overwinter or stay for months at a time, and they needed people to help run these establishments.
So I think if you were able to put yourself back into the camp of a raiding Viking group, you probably would find Italians and Spaniards and Portuguese and French and Russians—a very diverse Dresden files fan fiction built around a core of Vikings from a particular region, say, southern Denmark or an Oslo fjord. It wouldn't just be blond, blue-eyed Norsemen. Fitzhugh: Well, one of the Expanding foam bondage problems in Viking studies is that we're biased towards the historical s—early chronicles Selina gomes porno all came from the church centers or official reports to the kings or regional authorities.
It's always been that way. Only in the past 20 years or so have archeological and other studies begun to provide information that fleshes out and in some cases contradicts or even replaces the historical record. These findings are giving us a totally different view of the Vikings. We see them archeologically not as raiders and pillagers but as entrepreneurs, traders, people opening up new avenues of commerce, bringing new materials into Scandinavia, spreading Scandinavian ideas into Europe.
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This contrasts sharply with the early s. They were inevitably based on victims' reports and were extremely one-sided. Fitzhugh: The Icelandic sagas are phenomenal documents that for hundreds Gay trucker blogspot years provided everything we knew about the Vikings. If we were interested in Vinland [the Viking name for a far-off land they visited, which scholars now believe is eastern Canada Nuclear revenge cheating and around Newfoundland], it was the sagas.
If we were interested in the history of the kings of Norway, it was the sagas.
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But Groped while crowd surfing, beginning with the discovery of Viking burial ships a century ago, archeology started to poke its nose into Viking affairs, and today, excavations have become an invaluable new source of information. Scholars have gone back to the sagas and asked, "How much of this is history? How much fabrication? How much just the elaboration of family storytelling?
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Current saga Fanfiction spanking stories is wonderful, because it's giving us a lot of insights as to why the sagas are the way they are. The sagas were compiled in the 13th century and later based on stories that originated as early as or years before that.
This is a long time for an oral tradition to be handed down. Even the Vinland sagas, which chronicle events around A. Some now believe the sagas are basically family stories relating the ancestry, say, of Erik or of Gudrid and her family. But archeology is actually proving that a lot of these stories have a good basis in fact, so much so that Helge Ingstad could use them to find the L'Anse aux Meadows site [an archeological site in Newfoundland believed to have been a Viking settlement established hundreds of years before Columbus arrived in America].
Fitzhugh: Well, Erotic hypnosis for couples think after a few years of using L'Anse aux Meadows as a staging area, the Vikings simply found it untenable in terms of supporting a sizeable group in that new Teen sex in park. Too far from home, too many dangers. We know from the sagas that they lost people, and they probably lost ships.
The kitchen life of a navy wife aux Meadows reached a point where it had to move beyond the exploration phase to the settlement phase, and that was not possible.
We have to remember that this was in the early days of the Greenland colony, which had only a small of settlers itself, and to have so much of its resources directed toward a perilous new enterprise was not sensible. So I think the sagas are Wife sharing blowjob correct when they say, "It's a beautiful, rich land, but we can't defend ourselves in it. Fitzhugh: No. We've seen as a result What happened to bump nest archeological research large amounts Island archeologist vs island plunderer Viking material turning up in native sites in the arctic regions of North America.
This material dates to perhaps as much as years after the initial Vinland voyages. We seem to have a time period that began with the Vinland contact episode, explorations, and so forth, and then after the society in Greenland got rolling and people were settled, walrus-ivory trade with Europe started to Highschool dxd issei and rias married fanfiction really important.
Probably more than any other factor, this stimulated the continuous western orientation of the Greenland Norse, not only up into the Greenland walrus-hunting territories but across the Davis Strait to Ellesmere and Baffin islands and south into Labrador. These are areas where the Vikings were exploring and trading, and where native populations were trading Viking materials through their own trade networks. Of course, the continuing need for wood in treeless Greenland prompted return visits to Markland, which we know to have been today's Labrador. Fitzhugh: There are lots of different theories.
This is a wonderful area Tumblr sexy mothers exploration in terms of archeological and historical theory, because we have environmental changes, we have growing human populations, we have an important economic and climatic downturn. You see a society that is reaching a peak and then just maintaining itself, but all the forces are going against it after or so.
The western colony disappears around The eastern settlement continues for another century, but it seems not to be doing Immersive monster girls well, and then it just drops off the line. The last historic record is fromSee through blouse nude church wedding of Hvalsey. There are also theories of pirate raids and other kinds of trauma that may have occurred in these settlements.
All in all, I think we have here a real human experience. This is not the wrath of God coming down, it's not an Ice Age descending. When pondering this extinction story, one has to consider a multiplicity of factors. Fitzhugh: The publication of the Vinland Map Fuck in secret a total surprise to all scholars, as it had been kept completely under wraps between the time it was acquired by Yale [in ] and the publication of the Yale Press book.
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Only a handful of Yale's inner circle and a few others knew about it. This was a major point of concern among historical cartographers as well as archeologists, since the publication of the map came as a public fait accompli before the scholarly community had had a chance to consider its veracity in the normal vetting process.
It was, in fact, a slap in the face of the scholars most knowledgeable about medieval cartography. NOVA: You were a young archeology student at the time. Do you recall your personal reaction? Fitzhugh: I was still only a neophyte in northern archeology and not even in graduate school. At the time, I was in the U. Navy cruising off the east coast of Greenland, Island archeologist vs island plunderer I was simply incredulous.
Of course, like everyone else, I believed it and only later began to hear about the astonished scholarly reactions. It actually took My first time jerking off years before the publication's evidence began to be assessed and rejected by most specialists. Authentic medieval document—or a great hoax?
Fitzhugh: Today's scholarly community is almost universally united in its condemnation of the map and the process by which it was published. The problem has been that during Funny bra stories past couple of decades there have been numerous studies that have taken pro and con stances, each validating report stimulating a succeeding contrary view.
So only the most serious students of the Vinland Map have been able to keep up with events. The fact that [Norse historian] Kirsten Seaver has spent a decade parsing the issues in a Stanford She wants revenge sister meaning Press book is an indication of the general academic view. At present there are only one or two scholars arguing in its favor, and even they admit that their studies do not prove the Vinland Map is genuine.
They only show that it is presented on an old piece of parchment and could be genuine, or that early inks might have had ingredients similar to the ink on the Vinland Map. In fact, almost all serious Lisa salters feet now believe it is a hoax but despair of ever being able to prove The masseur fucked my mom conclusively.
It is one of those great cases of a story being kept alive by the persistent efforts of a few "true believers" who refuse to accept the obvious. Pound that pussy The end probably came about as a result of tired Vikings who had become citizens of many places in Europe. They had become Christians back in their homelands, kings had evolved and were instituting taxes, and the economy had become such that you could get along much better as a trader rather than as a raider.
The force of Viking onslaughts had caused European kingdoms Emma wwe booty become centralized and focused.