Viking gathering place found under Scottish parking lot

10/24/2013 | LiveScience.com

A Dingwell, Scotland, parking lot was once the site of an 11th-century Viking parliamentary gathering known as a "Thing," archaeologists say. Things, derived from the word thingvellir, which means field of assembly, were seasonal gatherings held far and wide by Norsemen, who stayed only temporarily. "No one's had dating [information] from a Thing site in Scotland," said archaeologist Oliver O'Grady of OJT Heritage and a member of the Thing Project, which works on similar sites around Europe.

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