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Large-scale whaling in north Scandinavia may date back to 6th century

The intensive whaling that has pushed many species to the brink of extinction today may be several centuries older than previously assumed. This view is held by archaeologists from Uppsala and York whose findings are presented in the European Journal of Archaeology.

Top: a board-game piece made from whalebone at the end of the 6th century CE, found in Gnistahögen near Uppsala,
Sweden (photograph by Bengt Backlund, Uppland County…

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via The Archaeology News Network, http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2018/06/large-scale-whaling-in-north.html

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