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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

Quaternary Science Reviews: Volume 77

Author(s)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
FundersThe Leverhulme Trust
Publication date31/10/2013
Date accepted by journal12/06/2013
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