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Why these Viking burial clothes had inscriptions to Allah and Ali

One of the woven silk bands. Photo: Annika Larsson

Published: 12.Oct.2017 12:10 hrs

Swedish researchers have found references to Allah and Ali on woven silk from ancient Viking graves, a discovery which gives new insight into the link between the Vikings and the Islamic world.

The silk costumes were found in boat and chamber graves but had been kept in storage for decades, believed to be typical burial clothes with Viking Age patterns, until archaeologist Annika Larsson took a closer look.

"This is a very important discovery because it tells us we can't view this historical period as 'typically Nordic'," Larsson, a textile archaeologist at Uppsala University, told The Local on Thursday. "It shows us that the Vikings were in close contact with other cultures, including with the Islamic world."

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