View Full Version : Intact Horgr in Norway - first find of this sort - to be destroyed

03-16-2012, 04:30 PM
Okay Pagan peeps, here's (http://www.fornsidr.no/2012/02/complete-horg-found-in-norway/) something (http://heksebua.com/linda/2012/01/i-hope-its-not-too-late/) to (http://aarsbog.tumblr.com/tagged/Nedre-Humlehaugen) talk about. (multiple links) Even if it's kinda sad.
This is so sad. An almost completely intact Horgr has been found in Ranheim. It was used until about a thousand years ago, when the population there buried it under peat to hide it and protect it from being desecrated by Christians. So of course, it was discovered recently in the midst of a development plan and is going to be bulldozed and destroyed to build houses.

I know it's an inevitable aspect of living somewhere with an ancient culture that anywhere we build, we'll be building over our ancestors, but this site is the first find of it's kind in Norway and it just seems a shame that the site was kept safe and hidden for a thousand years, just to fall like this.

Hopefully archaeologists can at least move and preserve aspects of it, if not the site itself. Although I wouldn't want to live in the homes built over it, given the circumstances. Wonder how pissed the LandvŠtter will be.

*garrh why is there random bolded type that I can't get rid of?!

Calla Lily
03-16-2012, 05:43 PM
That is fascinating and so frustrating. Heck--wouldn't the potential tourism money be worth preserving it in situ?

03-16-2012, 06:02 PM
Not a pagan here, but an archaeologist. And this should be preserved! At the very least, the elements should be preserved to enable reconstruction, although the context would be lost.

eta: I take it back. The context is integral.

03-21-2012, 07:18 PM
Ugh. This is so sad!
I agree that I wouldn't want to live in the new housing projects there.

How do you say, "They're heeeeeere!" in Norwegian?

03-25-2012, 10:00 PM
Apparently Ë­rťrir (http://odroerirjournal.com/)are going to make the Horg a feature of their next episode of Raven Radio (http://www.ravenradio.info/). I'm keen to see what they have to say about it.