An interesting survival

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An interesting survival

Post by ed » Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:46 am

I like things that are sort of messages from the past, an inscription in an old book that no one has noticed for 300 years, an arrow fired into a beam that no one noticed for 400 years, a skeleton in a well used to poison the water supply ...
In 1197 King Sverre Sigurdsson and his Birkebeiner-mercenaries were attacked and defeated in his castle stronghold, Sverresborg, by his rivals, the Baglers. According to the Saga, the Baglers burned down buildings and destroyed the castle’s fresh water supply by throwing one of King Sverre’s dead men into the well, and then filling it with stones.

Now, following a trial excavation in the well, archaeologists can confirm this dramatic story. Archaeologists managed to retrieve part of the skeleton they found in the well in 2014. A fragment of bone produced a radiocarbon date that confirmed that the individual lived and died at the end of the 12th century, the same time as the incident described in the Saga.
All this time and there he is ...
“This is truly astonishing. As far as I know there is no known example of the discovery of an individual historically connected with an act of war as far back as the year 1197. And the fact that this actually corroborates an event described in Sverre’s saga is simply amazing“ ... iking-saga

The lazy fuckers keep citing the Saga but don't bother to either quote it or give a reference. Anyhoo, here is the relevant passage (Stanza 137):
137: Quarter was given to the garrison, and they kept the clothes they had on; but few were allowed the weapons, and none their money. Asgaut and Bialfi went away into the district, but Thorstein Kugad accepted service with the Bagals, and went with them. The Bagals seized all the property in the castle, and then they burnt every building of it. They took a dead man and cast into the well, and then filled it up with stones. Before they left the castle they called upon the townsmen to break down all the stone walls; and before they marched from the town they burnt all the King's long-ships. After this they returned to the Uplands, well pleased with the booty they had gained in their journey. ... y/019.html
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