Viking skeleton found in Wales
|The discovery of this skeleton at Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey sheds further light on the Vikings in Wales [Credit: Wales Online]|
The Llanbedrgoch site was discovered in 1994 after a number of metal detector finds had been brought to the museum for identification. These included an Anglo-Saxon penny of Cynethryth (struck AD 787-792), a penny of Wulfred of Canterbury (struck about AD 810), and three lead weights of Viking type.
The new excavations this year have also produced seventh-century silver and bronze sword/scabbard fittings, suggesting the presence of a warrior elite and the recycling of military equipment during the period of rivalry and campaigning between the kingdoms.
Excavation director and acting keeper of archaeology, Dr Mark Redknap, said: “The 2012 excavations have revealed not only surprises such as the additional burial, bringing with it important additional evidence on this unusual grave cluster and its historical context, but also valuable new data on the pre-Viking development of the site.
“Other finds from the excavation, which include semi-worked silver, silver casting waste and a fragment of an Islamic silver coin (exchanged via trade routes out of central Asia to Scandinavia and beyond), confirm Llanbedrgoch’s importance during the 10th century as a place for the manufacture and trade of commodities.”
Author: Alex Hickey | Source: Daily Post [October 24, 2012]