Science: Viking High Seat

Farmer Folke Trana, of Valo, Sweden, was plowing a boggy field when his plow dug out of the gooey dirt a crude wooden dragon's head about a foot long. Farmer Trana was agreeably surprised, but when he reported his find to the State Historical Museum, its experts were delighted. The carved head, they decided, might be part of a "High Seat" of the Viking Age.

All through ancient Scandinavian literature. High Seats play a prominent part. A High Seat was a kind of throne and a symbol of authority. The seat also had a mystical quality. The Norse invaders of Iceland,...

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