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Irish Viking king discover in East Lothian

Fiona Hyslop (Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs) viewing a tenth-century belt buckle which was discovered on an archaeological dig at Auldhame (East Lothian).

Fiona Hyslop (Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs) viewing a tenth-century belt buckle which was discovered on an archaeological dig at Auldhame (East Lothian).

A skeleton unearthed near Tyninghame could be that of 10th century Irish Viking King Olaf Guthfrithsson or member of his entourage.

The possible discovery of the King of Dublin and Northumbria from 934 to 941 was made at an archaeological dig at Auldhame.

This artefact signals that the body was that of a man who may have spent time in the household of the kings of the Uí Ímar dynasty which dominated both sides of the Irish Sea from about 917 until at least the middle of the 10th century.

Olaf Guthfrithsson sacked Auldhame and nearby Tyninghame - both part of a complex of East Lothian churches dedicated to the eighth-century Saint Balthere - shortly before his death in 941.

Full story in the East Lothian News - on sale now.

 

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