Fascinating new research has suggested Vikings could have been Muslim after archaeologists found the word "Allah" woven into their burial clothes.
Experts found that patterns woven into garments excavated in Sweden spell the words "Allah" and "Ali", with the discovery raising questions about the influence of Islam on Scandinavia.
It was only after textile archaeologist Annika Larsson of Uppsala University chose to revisit garments - excavated in Birka and Gamla Uppsala in Sweden in the late 19th and mid-20 centuries - that the discovery was made.
Speaking to the BBC, Larsson said that the cloth originated from China, central Asia and Persia.
She said that the possibility of the graves being of Muslims can not be ruled out.
"Presumably, Viking Age burial customs were influenced by Islam and the idea of an eternal life in Paradise after death", she told the Swedish science portal Forskning, per Sputnik News.Читайте также: Federal Bureau of Investigation unable to release documents regarding Kansas, Adidas sponsorship
A Viking burial ground in Norway.
"Grave goods such as lovely clothing, finely sewn in exotic fabrics, hardly reflect the deceased's everyday life, just as little as the formal attire of our era reflects our own daily lives".
Larrsson was able to crack the mystery of the designs by enlarging all the patterns and looking at them from all angles - and eventually saw that the world "Allah" had been written in "mirrored lettering".
"I remembered where I had seen similar designs - in Spain, on Moorish textiles", she said, per BBC.
Larsson is convinced more Islamic inscriptions can be found in other Viking era discoveries.
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