Seljuk ring discovered in Viking-era grave

Ring discovered in Viking-era grave has Arabic inscription

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Featured image: Archaeologists have re-examined a ninth century ring from a Viking grave and say its gem is colored glass, not amethyst as previously thought, and it came directly from the Seljuk culture of Asia Minor. (Photo by Christer Åhlin/The Swedish History Museum)

By Mark Miller


Hello, people!
Unfortunately, I'm late for comments((( But I met this article when I tried to find out some info about viking-seljuk relationship. Why? Because I have to describe mausoleums of Seljuk epoch and one of them is very unique! This is Emir Ali Tombe in Akhlat of 1306 AD. With its shape it looks like viking and medieval scandinavian churches - stavkirke! Maybe I make mistake, but I couldn't find any information about origin of this strange tomb. Even Turks name this mausoleum - construction with unique architecture.

It seems that it looks similar to Arabic….but it is not translatable to arabic.

Therefore it could also be similar to Ogham, with a viking perhaps replicating the Blood ring tradition.

Just a thought


Dr. Derek Cunningham
Author: The Map that Talked

Very interesting article and very intelligent comments too. A great pleasure to read them, indeed. Only the "direct contact between the Vikings of Sweden and the Muslim world" meaning of the ring makes problem for me, as being quite proven that the Vikings had direct contacts with the Franks and the Hungarians, who were having at the time direct contacts (the Franks) with the Muslim world or (the Hungarians) with all sorts of merchants having direct contact with the Muslim world. So, doesn`t it seem more probable that the ring came to the Vikings through a third party who had without doubt direct contact (through commerce or war) with both the Vikings and the Muslim world?

A great article! Trade can be described as a multi faceted exchange that fosters the development and understanding of civilisations. There is a lot more to this story folks in terms of background and extensive trade links. I would recommend a read of a 3 volume series by Farhat Hussain (cited in the Washington Post article) titled "The Vikings & The Islamic World" available on amazon. It gave me an in depth insight. Perhaps my favourite TV Series "The Vikings" should focus a few episodes on trade with the East?How about it?

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Thank you, Danyal





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