A Viking drinking hall, is discovered on a remote Scottish island

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Archaeologists have discovered an old Viking drinking hall, on a remote island in the Scottish Orkney islands in this regard.

The large Norse Hall was found at Westness, on the island of Rousay. It dates from sometime between the 10th and 12th centuries, the hall was discovered under the more recent Skaill farm, according to the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute.

The building seems to be more than 42 feet in length. The sturdy, 3-foot-high stone walls are about 18 feet apart from each other. The Items found during the excavations are of soapstone, from the Shetland Isles, pottery, and bone and stem respectively.


The name of the site gives you a good indication of the history, according to archaeologists. “In the name of Skaill, it suggests that the site was the home of a Norse hall or drinking hall, and it was a high-profile site, the UHI Archaeology Institute, in a statement.

The Skaill And The Norwegian Hall
(UHI Archaeology Institute)

The site is a part of the project, Landscapes of Change, Archaeologies of the Rousay Play and the Westness Estate.

Even though the site was only partially excavated, archaeologists have noticed similarities with the Norwegian audiences in other parts of the Wadden sea islands and on the mainland of Scotland.


Westness is also mentioned in the Viking sagas as the home of the chieftain, Sigurd.

The site of the hall.

“The exciting news this season is that we are now to be found in the entrance to Skaill is, as the name would suggest,” said the project’s co-director Dan Lee’s statement. “You can’t be sure, but it might be Earl Sigurd himself was sitting on one of the stone benches within the hall, and drank a bottle of beer!”

There are other fascinating discoveries have been made in Rousay. In 2017, for example, the experts were delighted to discover a rare, ancient Roman coin on the island. The coin, which is believed to date from the middle of the fourth century bc, was notable because the Romans did not occupy the Kids. At its height, the Roman Empire extended as far as the Antonine Wall, on the Scottish mainland, located about 200 km to the south of Rousay.


In another case, two of the Viking boat-graves have been discovered recently in Sweden, in what archaeologists have described as a “sensational discovery.”

In Scotland, there is a 900 year old Viking chess piece that was purchased for less than $ 10 in the mid-1960s, was recently sold at auction for $924,000.


The extremely rare piece was sold for 5 pounds ($6.30) in the year 1964 by an antique dealer in Edinburgh, and then passed down through the family. For many years, the Chessman was taken, in a drawer in the home of the antique dealer’s daughter.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz, and The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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