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08 Sep 2019 9:46 p.m. PST
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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 12:28 p.m. PST

Reading this book.


In 200AD, some 750 soldier, 100 sub officers and 12 officers died in a battle in Denmark. If we assume 50% casualtiy rate the original force would fit well with a roman auxiliary force.
The dead were clad in Roman equipment and used Roman weapons. It's assumed the force was on it's way back home from service in the roman army. We even know the name of some of them as had scratched their name on their equipment.

I didn't know Scandinavians served in Roman forces on mass like that.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2019 2:19 p.m. PST

Well, given that the Vikings are the lineal ancestors of the Kievan Rus (and hence blue eyes and blond haired Ukrainians) nothing is impossible

In fact – given that my mom's family are Ukrainians – maybe you and I are cousins!

nevals08 Sep 2019 2:21 p.m. PST

Thanks for the tip about the book. It's my birthday and I received 50$ gift card from my brother, now I know how am I going to splurge it.

bsrlee09 Sep 2019 2:20 a.m. PST

The place is called 'Illerup Adal' – there are several serious books on the excavated material, which was deposited on several occasions, not all in one big heap.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2019 6:31 a.m. PST

The book seems very good.
It's as far as you can come from any glorification of the Norse people.
I seems norse culture was far less democratic than I previously thought.
With a classic elite vs the nome elite system.

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