Archeology - UK: necklace belonging to pagan ‘sorceress’ goes on display

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Archeology - UK: necklace belonging to pagan ‘sorceress’ goes on display

Postby Alys-RaccoonReadings » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:49 pm

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A thousand year old Viking necklace, discovered at Peel Castle on the Isle of Man in 1984 and belonging to ‘a pagan sorceress’ has gone on display at the Jorvik Visitor Centre in York. The necklace – made up of 52 amber, jet and glass beads, including a couple of mosaic ones – is on loan from the Manx National Heritage organisation the first time that the piece has been displayed off the island. The grave dates from around 950, but some of the beads are older – as much as 400 years older – and came from all over Europe. It’s more typical to find rich grave goods in male burial sites....

It isn’t certain that the woman was a sorceress; but according to authorities, it is a possibility. What is known is that the Vikings had a religious role for women, since there are accounts of women called volva, who travelled from town to town performing magic for hire (the name possibly derives from earlier Germanic practitioners called ‘veleda,’ a ‘seeress’ or ‘prophetess’, or from the word for ‘staff/magic wand carrier’). The volva apparently didn’t have quite the same role as a priestess, although they did sometimes lead ceremonies.

Although it isn’t known for certain whether the woman found on Man occupied one of these roles or not, Allison Fox, the director of archaeology for MNH, says that the grave of the so-called ‘Pagan Lady,’ which was in a Christian cemetery, is “by far the wealthiest female burial” discovered on Man. “The very least we can say is that she was a very important woman in the local community, and that importance might have a spiritual connotation as well as a practical domestic side,” Ms Fox said (as far as we know, people who played a religious role in Viking society usually had other jobs as well).
“The number and variety of beads is really the striking thing about the necklace, that makes it stand out.”

An ammonite fossil charm and a little pestle and mortar were also found in the grave and will also be on display....

Peel Castle itself, the site of the ‘sorceress’ burial, has been a site of religious and secular importance on the island. Excavation started in 1982. The castle walls contain a Round Tower from the 11th century, a cathedral from the 13th and small apartments for the later Lords of Mann, the island’s rulers.

During the excavations seven pagan burials were found within the Christian cemetery, but this was not the only burial site on the island. Others include a boat grave at Balladoole, dated around 850 – 950 AD and containing a Viking ship, and the burial mound at Cronk Moar.

The boat grave also held a woman’s remains, dressed in fine clothing, and equipment for horse riding, tools and a shield. Cronk Moar contains a fully dressed man in a coffin with a cloak, cloak pin, knife, and a sword. A mound at Ballateare also contains a warrior, with a sword broken into three pieces, and the remains of a young woman – probably a slave – who had been killed by a blow to the head, perhaps in order to accompany her master into the afterlife.

The Islamic traveller, Ibn Fadlan, gave a contemporary account in the 10th century of a young slave girl being killed among the Volga Vikings, after the death of her master. Or maybe this grim fate did not befall the woman at Ballateare – maybe she was simply part of an earlier burial and the graves became mixed up. Animal remains were also found in the grave.


See the whole article here: https://wildhunt.org/2019/02/uk-necklac ... splay.html (It is interesting and has a little more information about the effect of Vikings on the Isle of Man)



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Re: Archeology - UK: necklace belonging to pagan ‘sorceress’ goes on display

Postby darkwing dook » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:53 pm

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Re: Archeology - UK: necklace belonging to pagan ‘sorceress’ goes on display

Postby Chewie » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:01 pm

I'm from Scandinavia, home of the vikings 1s

Very interesting article.

If you want to know more about the Völva.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%B6lva
Yes I know wiki isn't the most reliable source, but this seems to fit with what I recall from my history lessons many many years ago 1ey



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Re: Archeology - UK: necklace belonging to pagan ‘sorceress’ goes on display

Postby Alys-RaccoonReadings » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:56 pm

Chewie wrote:I'm from Scandinavia, home of the vikings 1s

Very interesting article.

If you want to know more about the Völva.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%B6lva
Yes I know wiki isn't the most reliable source, but this seems to fit with what I recall from my history lessons many many years ago 1ey


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Postby Noctua » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:00 am

Outstanding. Thank you for sharing this with us.



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Re: Archeology - UK: necklace belonging to pagan ‘sorceress’ goes on display

Postby Alys-RaccoonReadings » Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:54 am

Noctua wrote:Outstanding. Thank you for sharing this with us.


You are very welcome! I love how it looks like something you might still see on someone today. Literally timeless. <3



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Re: Archeology - UK: necklace belonging to pagan ‘sorceress’ goes on display

Postby Likes2Read » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:24 am

Alys-RaccoonReadings wrote:
Noctua wrote:Outstanding. Thank you for sharing this with us.


You are very welcome! I love how it looks like something you might still see on someone today. Literally timeless. <3

Agreed! I was looking at it and thinking, "I would absolutely wear that right now!" Fabulous necklace!

And I was in York 30 years ago (yikes, time flies!) I wish I could jump on a plane right now and go visit it again, and see the necklace in person!

The Hubby is on notice that we are going to visit England someday, as the one time I was there, I was at a convention and only had limited time to be a tourist. But I loved what I DID see, and I have every intention of going back when I have time to be a tourist all day, every day. And York is going to be a part of that trip, because I <3 York. Too bad by the time we do get there, that necklace will most likely be on display elsewhere.


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Re: Archeology - UK: necklace belonging to pagan ‘sorceress’ goes on display

Postby Adrasteia » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:43 am

That necklace is so pretty! They definitely had good taste back then.


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Re: Archeology - UK: necklace belonging to pagan ‘sorceress’ goes on display

Postby Alys-RaccoonReadings » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:55 am

Likes2Read wrote:The Hubby is on notice that we are going to visit England someday, as the one time I was there, I was at a convention and only had limited time to be a tourist. But I loved what I DID see, and I have every intention of going back when I have time to be a tourist all day, every day. And York is going to be a part of that trip, because I <3 York. Too bad by the time we do get there, that necklace will most likely be on display elsewhere.


There's bound to be something else amazing to see by then! ;) Do look around at sacred druid sites and sites to the Morrigan. I know that's not your main scene, but I've had some acquaintances go and have very powerful experiences in those places that surprised them. Apparently, the Morrigan has a very small cave that is just really something.

But, if I were an L2R, I'd also really want to see Julian of Norwich's cell and Our Lady of Walsingham, etc. <3

And none of those cool places are going anywhere any time soon! <3



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Re: Archeology - UK: necklace belonging to pagan ‘sorceress’ goes on display

Postby CrashingDown » Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:24 pm

This thread is inspiring me to plan a visit overseas. Thank you for posting this, that necklace and the history lesson included in the article is fascinating!


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