Ancient Ring with Allah Inscription Found in Viking Grave
The archaeologists excavated a Viking grave only to find out the ancient ring with the Allah inscription that excited them to the core. The important thing in this discovery was that the Vikings and the Islamic world.
This was the 19th-century discovery that the archaeologists happened to pull out from the dirt this ancient ring. It belonged to the woman that the excavated grave was dedicated. The grave dated back to 850 A.D. The site was at the Viking trading center of Birka near Stockholm Swedish capital. In the past, Birka was a hectic trading center where Scandinavian and foreign traders came to. But now, it has become a hot spot for archaeology.
The ring was the Arab-styled ring with some markings. Those "markings" turned out to be the "il-la-lah" or "For/To Allah". This finding excited the archaeologists as the similar inscription found on the Viking funeral clothes with "Allah".
Viking funeral clothes with Allah
With the clear marks of the "Allah", the archaeologists believed that the ring was not commonly used by the owner.
Viking Ring with Allah Inscription suggested the relationship between Scandinavian and the Islamic world
The ring might have been passed down to the Viking woman by an Arabian smith or someone close to her that exposed to the Arabians.
The most important point about this finding was that this ring was its attesting to the connection between the Vikings and the Islamic world. Such contact might have been fostered and flourished by the exchange of goods and for the financial sake of both parties. Also, they might have exchanged the cultures, ideas, and news with one another.