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The Vikings were not the first colonizers of the Faroe Islands

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.

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.

Faroe Islands; Earliest human settlement; 14C Dating

AuthorsChurch 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
Publication date10/2013
Date accepted by journal12/06/2013
ISSN 0277-3791

Quaternary Science Reviews: Volume 77 (2013)

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