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Title: The Vikings were not the first colonizers of the Faroe Islands
Authors: Church, Mike J
Arge, Simun V
Edwards, Kevin J
Ascough, Philippa L
Bond, Julie M
Cook, Gordon
Dockrill, Stephen J
Dugmore, Andrew J
McGovern, Thomas H
Nesbitt, Claire
Simpson, Ian
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Keywords: Faroe Islands
Earliest human settlement
14C Dating
Issue Date: Oct-2013
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Church MJ, Arge SV, Edwards KJ, Ascough PL, Bond JM, Cook G, Dockrill SJ, Dugmore AJ, McGovern TH, Nesbitt C & Simpson I (2013) The Vikings were not the first colonizers of the Faroe Islands, Quaternary Science Reviews, 77, pp. 228-232.
Abstract: We report on the earliest archaeological evidence from the Faroe Islands, placing human colonization in the 4th-6th centuries AD, at least 300-500 years earlier than previously demonstrated archaeologically. The evidence consists of an extensive wind-blown sand deposit containing patches of burnt peat ash of anthropogenic origin. Samples of carbonised barley grains from two of these ash patches produced 14C dates of two pre-Viking phases within the 4th-6th and late 6th-8th centuries AD. A re-evaluation is required of the nature, scale and timing of the human colonization of the Faroes and the wider North Atlantic region.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Durham University
The National Museum of the Faroe Islands
University of Aberdeen
SUERC Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
University of Bradford
SUERC Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory
University of Bradford
University of Edinburgh
City University of New York
Durham University
Biological and Environmental Sciences

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