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Another Occasion for the Application of Occam’s Razor October 12, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.

Exciting archaeological news?

Fascinating new research has suggested Vikings could have been Muslim after archaeologists found the word ‘Allah’ woven into their burial clothes.

Experts found that patterns woven into garments excavated in Sweden spell the words ‘Allah’ and ‘Ali’, with the discovery raising questions about the influence of Islam on Scandinavia.

Uh sure, it could be that everything we ever thought we knew about the Vikings is wrong…

…or maybe they just bought their burial clothes from Islamic merchants?


1. OBF - October 13, 2017

Can you even buy a traditional casket made in the USA anymore?

A local cabinet maker has started a little niche business. You can actually buy a “pine box” from him with no labels as to where it was made. In the future archeologists will be wondering where the nation of “Fruit of the Loom” was located.

2. Cathy - October 13, 2017

I LOVE this theory and see the possibilities.

Not sure who influenced whom in your example, but the Vikings and Muslims did influence each other. Just for fun, consider reading the historical fiction piece called “Byzantium” by Stephen Lawhead. It will open your mind to understanding a Viking-Muslim connection, and see how the fictional piece is based upon an actual guy, Aidan mac Cainnech. It’s almost 900 pages, but worth the read. I read it about 20 years ago and now think I just might read it again.

3. geoff - October 13, 2017

I don’t doubt that they interacted, both militarily and in commerce. But I do doubt that there was much of an incursion of Islamic religion into the Viking population. Seems far more likely that they simply traded for cool clothes.

4. Retired Geezer - October 13, 2017

Thanks, Cathy. My library has Byzantium so I requested it.

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