Baltic dating

Beginning with Per Holck, who dated the bones and blanket to 1000-1210 CE, radio carbon dating dated the bones earlier to the clothing (Holck 1988: 114).In 1998, Nockert and Possnert took new samples and concluded textiles of the find dated from 995 to 1029 CE (Nockert and Possnert 2002: 60-1).

Nye tanker om Skjoldehamnfunnet [New Thoughts on the Skjoldehamn Find] (2009).

From measurements of the remaining bones, Per Holck concluded the individual was 155cm tall (Holck, 1988: 115).

Berit Sellevold estimated the individual to be 155-160 cm tall if a man, and 150-55 cm tall if a woman, but also stresses that these are very uncertain estimates (Løvlid, 2009: 21 quoting Sellevold, 1987).

In 1999, there was an attempt to study the DNA present in the bones, however neither Y chromosomes nor modern Saami genetic markers were found (Nockert and Possnert 20).

This result, along with the C14 evidence, was interpreted as meaning the individual had been a Viking-age woman, with only a 20-30% chance of being a Saami (Nockert and Possnert 2002: 60,61).

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