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microrobert
08-20-2013, 06:30 PM
The Vikings were not the first colonizers of the Faroe Islands

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The Faroe Islands were colonized much earlier than previously believed, and it wasn’t by the Vikings, according to new research.

New archaeological evidence places human colonization in the 4th to 6th centuries AD, at least 300-500 years earlier than previously demonstrated.

The research, directed by Dr Mike J Church from Durham University and Símun V Arge from the National Museum of the Faroe Islands as part of the multidisciplinary project “Heart of the Atlantic”, is published in the Quaternary Science Reviews.

The research challenges the nature, scale and timing of human settlement of the wider North Atlantic region and has implications for the colonization of similar island groups across the world.

The Vikings were not the first colonizers of the Faroe Islands (http://phys.org/news/2013-08-vikings-colonizers-faroe-islands.html)

Graham
08-20-2013, 06:31 PM
If people could get from Orkney to Shetland. It's viable that the Faroe Islands, could have been colonized earlier.

Herbalist
08-20-2013, 06:33 PM
The first people on the Faroe Islands were Celtic monks, and they remained after the Vikings until the Black Death wiped that population out. This has been well established for a while.