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MAESHOWE

Postby PAUL HAWKINS on Mon Jul 28, 2003 11:30 pm

Take a look at a great site that may be (who knows) related to OI.

http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/maeshowe/maeshrunes.htm

Maeshowe was originally excavated in 1861, at which time the original entrance passage was inaccessible. To allow access, the excavators drove a shaft through the top of the mound.

However, once inside the archaeologists realised they were not the first to have broken into the tomb - the walls of the stone-age chamber were lined with runic graffiti - the legacy of visiting Norsemen.

In the middle of the 12th century, several groups of vikings entered the tomb - known to them as "Orkahaugr" - marking their presence on the ancient stone walls.

They left around 30 inscriptions that now form one of the most famous and extensive rune collections in Europe.

Either heading to the Holy Land on a crusade, or having just returned from one, the Crusaders spent their time in Orkahaugr carving their runes into all four walls of the howe.

Crusaders broke into Maeshowe. Lif the earl's cook carved these runes.

"To the north-west is a great treasure hidden. It was long ago that a great treasure was hidden here. Happy is he that might find that great treasure. Hakon alone bore treasure from this mound" signed "Simon Sirith"

"It is surely true what I say than treasure was taken away. Treasure was carried off in three nights before those."

"Is to me said that treasure is here hidden very well. Say few as Oddr"
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Ancient civilizations

Postby Tank01 on Tue Jul 29, 2003 11:00 am

Paul,


There is much that we, as a society, have yet to learn. We spend far too much money and effort blowing things up and prostituting ourselves for the almighty dollar and power. Perhaps if we understood ourselves better, and where we came from, we would get along better.
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Rosslyn Chapel

Postby PAUL HAWKINS on Tue Jul 29, 2003 5:36 pm

Rosslyn Chapel, or the Collegiate Chapel of St Mathew as it was to have been, was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, third and last St Clair Prince of Orkney. It is in fact only part of the choir of what was intended to be a larger cruciform building with a tower at its centre.

The Prince of Orkney was undoubtedly involved in the Order of the Knights Templar, who were forcibly disbanded in 1307, although they continued on in one form or another. The Templars have become embroiled in many legends of mystical significance. They were supposed to have in their possession the Holy Grail, and it has been surmised that the chapel is the hiding place for this and other religious treasures, including a fragment of the holy rood, the cross of the crucifixion. The vault, unopened for centuries is the suggested repository for these items. The vault actually contains the remains of the Sinclair ancestors, interred in full armour as was customary until one of their wives objected to the practice in the 1700's.

Some of the carvings within the chapel suggest that there was an early contact with the New World 200 years before the 'discovery' of America by Columbus. The carvings depict what is thought to be an American Cactus and Indian Sweetcorn, things that should not have been known when the chapel was created. Perhaps the Templars, who travelled far and wide discovered America before Columbus?
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