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Vikings unintentionally, the preservation of old Scottish fort

The marauding Vikings may have inadvertently saved Scotland’s largest Pictish fort on the fire. On the site, archaeologists found the fort of the wall and the beautiful hair and dress pins.

A ‘treasure trove’ of ancient artifacts discovered at a fort in Scotland, which archaeologists believe was razed to the ground by the Vikings.

Archaeologists from the University of Aberdeen made the remarkable finds at Burghead in Scotland the northern coast of Moray. The fort, which was once used by the ancient Pictish people, is described as the largest of its kind in Scotland.

The fort was burned to the ground in the 10th century, probably, by the promotion of the Vikings. Experts say that this has been preserved items that otherwise would have rotted away hundreds of years ago.

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The excavations at the site began in 2015. Last month, an excavation on the site revealed more of the fort’s secrets.

A bramble under the guidance of dress or hairpin (University of Aberdeen)

“When we started digging, we have found that, while the destruction of the fort in the 10th century, it is not good news for the Picts, the fact that so much of it was lit is a real bonus for the archaeologists,” said Dr. Gordon Noble, head of archaeology at the University of Aberdeen, in a statement.

In addition to a reinforced wall, archaeologists ornate hair and dress pins, one of which has a detailed bramble design. They also mentioned the so-called “middle layers,” which are essentially old rubbish dumps and are likely to shed more light on the life of the old fort residents.

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“We dig into what, in essence, is the area that the Picts threw their waste, but this collection of the waste from their day-to-day life is a treasure trove for archaeologists,” said the Noble, who led the excavation. “It is exciting to see the level of preservation here. We have found animal bone, which rarely survives on the mainland of Scotland because of the acidic soil. We already really great information on what people ate within the fort, and we hope to obtain a level of information that we have not already for Pictish sites.”

The wall of the Pictish fort at Burghead (University of Aberdeen)

The name “Picti” or “painted people” by the Romans, the Picts were a confederation of tribes in the north of Scotland.

Many of the Pictish culture, however, remains shrouded in mystery, so that the archaeologists are happy with the Burghead. “The Picts were a huge influence on the north of Scotland, but because they have no written documents, archaeology is essential in providing answers regarding their lives, their influence and culture,” said the Noble, in the statement.

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The erosion of the coast means that archaeologists are faced with a race against time to Burghead. “The wooden wall that we found is only one to one and a half feet [5 meters] away from the erosion face,” said Nobel. “We hope to return next year to salvage as much as we can before it falls into the sea.”

File photo of Men dressed as vikings for a 40 meter long ship if it is burned on Calton Hill in Edinburgh as the launch pad for the city’s Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations Dec. 29, 2004. (REUTERS/Jeff J Mitchell)

Other archaeological finds in Scotland have also offered insight into the history of the country. Last year, for instance, experts announced the discovery of a rare Roman coin on a remote island in the Orkney archipelago. Archaeologists and volunteers is also the location of a lost early medieval kingdom in the south of Scotland.

In 2014, a wonderful treasure of old silver, supposed to have been used as bribes by the Romans, was found with a metal detector by a teenager in Dairsie, in the Scottish region of Fife.

Experts in Scotland have also 3-D technology to reconstruct the face of an 18th-century ‘witch.’

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