A small piece of machined glass that was found during an excavation at Lindisfarne, an island off the Northumberland coast in the north east of England, has now been shown to be an archaeological treasure. It writes The Guardian according to the Science.dk.
It connects, namely the island with the vikings from a turbulent period in English history (from around the year 793), where vikings from Scandinavia began to make their appearance.
Found can help to shed further light on how life and culture have been on the island in the period of time.
Archaeologists suspect that the small object is a part of a game, called Hnefatafl or king's table', which was played already in the viking age.
Spillebrikken is made of swirling glass in blue and white with a small crown of small glass.
According to The Guardian is the archaeologists are not sure whether the object was lost on the island of a nordic viking, or whether it was owned by a local with high status.
But spillebrikken connects, however, the Lindisfarnes anglo-saxon monastery with the culture, which in the end was to flood the.
the Island is known for its gospels, which were, in the early eighth century in the island's first monastery.
But for historians and archaeologists, the island has also another meaning, as in, about three centuries was occupied, which was to shape the English history.
the Object was discovered last summer and is believed to derive from a ditch, which dates back to the eighth and ninth century, explains David Petts, the project's lead archaeologist, to The Guardian according to the Science.dk.
A period of time, which is known as one of the most infamous in the island's history, because it was looted and taken over by the vikings.
David Petts explains that in spite of not knowing the object's exact history, it helps to shed light on how the nordic culture may have had influence in several places in the north Atlantic in the period of time.
- We have a tendency to think of middelalderkristendom, particularly on the islands, as terrible: That they all lived a brutal life, a hard life, says David Petts is lecturer in archaeology at Durham University, to The Guardian according to the Science.dk.
But in fact, has Virgil been an island with a lot of life and been visited by both monks, pilgrims, tradesmen, and even to kings, he adds.
The small object found by an ordinary citizen, which is not uncommon on the own.
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