REM Viking woman of Ninth Century buried with a Ring with ‘for Allah’ inscribed on it
Swedish archaeologist Hjalmar Stolpe discovered a grave of a woman in Birka, a historic trading center in what is now Sweden. The woman had died in the 9th century. Surprising thing about the grave was that the woman had worn a ring, which was very unique. It was made up of silver alloy and contained a stone.
In addition, an inscription was written in the Kufic Arabic script widely used between the 8th and 10th centuries. The inscription read 'for Allah'. According to reports, it was the only Viking Age ring with Arabic inscription. It is still not clear how the woman go the ring, but the woman war found wearing typical Scandinavian dress, so it has been assumed that the ring would have had arrived through trade.
Sebastian Wärmländer, biophysicist from Stockholm University, and his team conducted a study to figure out how rare the ring was. The study published has been in the journal Scanning. During the study, the researchers used a scanning electron microscope to find the origins of the ring. They found that the stone in the rind was actually a colored glass.
As per the study, the ring displayed a remarkable lack of wear, which led the researchers to consider that it had a few owners in-between its creator and its Viking owner. The researchers said, "It is not impossible that the woman herself, or someone close to her, might have visited -- or even originate from -- the Caliphate or its surrounding regions".
While talking about the ring to the National newspaper of Abu Dhabi in 2008, Farhat Hussain, a historian, said that the Vikings were very fond of silver, instead of gold. According to Hussain, it was a status symbol for Viking men and women. They even preferred to be buried with silver, the historian added.
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