Monday, 12 August 2019
Unearthed Viking ‘drinking hall’ offers ‘unparalleled’ opportunity to study Norse history
A Viking "drinking hall" that may have been used by a high-ranking chieftain 800 years ago has been unearthed in Orkney, archaeologists have said.
The site, which is believed to have been a high-status Norse hall from as far back as the 10th century, was discovered at Skaill Farmstead in Westness, Rousay.
Westness is mentioned in the Orkneyinga Saga - a historical narrative of the archipelago - as the home of Sigurd, a powerful 12th century chieftain.
Researchers said the area offers an “unparalleled” opportunity to study eating habits in the region over a millennia.
The discovery is the culmination of years of work by a team from the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) to find the building.
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