“Al­lah” em­broi­dered into Vik­ing clothes

BBC History Magazine - - History Now / News -

Re­searchers in­ves­ti­gat­ing Vik­ing burial clothes kept in stor­age for a cen­tury be­lieve they have found the words “Al­lah” and “Ali”, wo­ven in sil­ver thread. The gar­ments were found in 9th and 10th-cen­tury boat graves in Birka and Gamla Upp­sala in Swe­den and were orig­i­nally as­sumed to be typ­i­cal Vik­ing burial cos­tumes. But the claim has been dis­puted by an­other ex­pert, who be­lieves the 1.5cm-high in­scrip­tion is, in fact, mean­ing­less in Ara­bic.

One of the ex­ca­vated Vik­ing frag­ments made from fifine silk and sil­ver thread

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