Viking Age ring of confirmed Arabic origin found

A number of historic texts tell of meetings between Vikings of Scandinavia and people of the Islamic Middle East. The encounters are described as having taken place both in Scandinavia and in the Mediterranean area, as well as along the rivers of present day Russia and Ukraine. Silver and furs were mentioned as two of the main good being traded, however these have left little archaeological evidence.

Therefore, a silver ring with a colored stone bearing an inscription reading “for Allah” or “to Allah” (which was found at the known Viking Age trading town of Birka in Sweden) – is a rare archaeological confirmation of the historic texts and the trading that went on between the regions.

Source: ScienceNews.Org

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