Join Date: Apr 2017
The so-called viking era is arguably harder to define in Scandinavia and the Nordics as the periods before and after are not that different (culture was embedded). Conversion to Christianity was a long and drawn out process taking centuries. Initially the most visible signs of conversion were the replacement of Thorís hammer with the Cross, and burial practices. But culturally things changed only slowly as the viking rune stones with crosses can attest. Itís highly plausible that the grave belongs to a Christian knight whoís family was converted for one or two generations, and intriguingly that the viking sword is an inherited family heirloom. Judging by the state of the later crusader sword itís possible that the older sword was broken through decay in the grave? Typically objects were not placed in Christian graves so the presence of the swords may show left-over pagan practices?
Iím not sure how to interpret the gene info. Is the motherís genes basically local Nordic/Scandinavian whilst the fatherís genes would be different (German, British,...)? Given the migrations taking place in Europe in the centuries before this burial, I wonder how accurate this sort of thing can be?