Skeleton May Belong to Viking King From Ireland
King Olaf ruled in 10th century
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2014 6:02 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A skeleton unearthed in Scotland might be that of a long-lost Viking king who ruled in Ireland in the 10th century, reports the BBC. Archeologists think they've found the remains of King Olaf Guthfrithsson, or at least somebody in his entourage. One of the telltale signs is a belt found with the remains, of the type worn by bigwig Vikings of that era and region. What's more, the remains were found in the Scottish city of Auldhame, which Olaf raided shortly before his death in 941, notes the Scotsman. And whoever it was got a burial of honor.

"Whilst there is no way to prove the identity of the young man buried at Auldhame, the date of the burial and the equipment make it very likely that this death was connected with Olaf's attack on the locale," says a historian from the University of St. Andrews. Given that Olaf has no living descendants, this circumstantial evidence might be as good as it gets, reports the Belfast Telegraph. (Click to read about how Richard III, another king dug up in recent years, wasn't the hunchback that legend suggests.)

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antigen-xy
Jun 4, 2014 7:27 AM CDT
If that skeleton belongs to old King Olaf it should promptly be returned to him.
FarmerM
May 31, 2014 1:50 PM CDT
There is an island between Scotland and Norway that has many Kings of both countries buried in its rocky soil. SO sounds like the followers were busy, so they didn't take him there.....but then he was a King from Ireland, where Kings were associated with about every hill there.
TwoSheds
May 31, 2014 5:12 AM CDT
i sing of Olaf glad and big