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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
Dockrill, Stephen J
Dugmore, Andrew J
McGovern, Thomas H
Earliest human settlement
|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.|
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