Did Archaeologists Discover Proof of a Legendary Viking Metropolis?

  • One archeologist believes he discovered proof of the Viking metropolis of Jomsborg on a Polish island within the Baltic Sea.
  • The researcher claims to have found stays of an historic fortress.
  • Whether or not the tenth century metropolis was actual or not stays a degree of dialogue.

The rousing debate surrounding the potential existence and doable location of a key 10th century Viking metropolis has resurfaced, due to an commentary tower on a Polish island within the Baltic Sea.

The historical past of Viking life has been largely buried, whether or not bodily or figuratively. However a easy development venture to erect a brand new commentary tower in a public park on the Polish island Wolin unearthed recent artifacts. These artifacts level towards the existence of a tenth century metropolis—a minimum of, according to the person doing the discovering.

When Polish islands begin providing up clues to a tenth century metropolis, Viking students get excited, understanding that the potentially-real-possibly-mythical metropolis of Jomsborg may very well be a part of the equation.


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“It is extremely thrilling,” Wojciech Filipowiak, an archaeologist at Poland’s Academy of Sciences engaged on the venture, tells the New York Occasions. “It may remedy a thriller going again greater than 500 years: The place is Jomsborg?”

Believed to be a key a part of Viking historical past, Jomsborg first surfaced in 12th century texts. However the location was by no means found. That led some to imagine that Jomsborg was nothing greater than a compilation of lore—a legendary mash-up metropolis described as a fortress mixed with a bustling buying and selling publish.

If actual, Jomsborg would have served as a buying and selling publish that hosted Vikings, Germans, and Slavs—all individuals teams with historic ties to the world. Karolina Kokora, director of Wolin’s historical past museum, tells the New York Occasions that this metropolis would have resembled a “medieval New York on the Baltic.” In fact, that’s provided that it truly ever existed outdoors of mentions in outdated Viking texts.

These texts, although, purport a energetic settlement with 1000’s of residents, a army fort, and a pier to present Viking ships a spot to restock and relaxation.

Filipowiak discovering what he believes to be stays of the unique fortress would definitely be chalked as much as greater than luck. Excavations have occurred all through the island—together with in different components of the park— and a few with the categorical function of uncovering Viking historical past. Discovering such a key historic factor at this level would provide fairly the trove of analysis.

It may additionally entice extra public curiosity. As Viking civilization continues to proliferate popular culture, discovering an historic residence of the Vikings may show a tourism growth. “Vikings are attractive and entice numerous curiosity,” Ewa Grzybowska, Wolin mayor, tells the New York Occasions. “Wherever you go right here, there’s a piece of historical past.”

Uncovering potential Viking artifacts at a public park on the island within the Baltic Sea may open a recent strategy to attracting guests. Effectively, if all of it seems to be actual.

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