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    Islamic coins & ring found in seperate Viking graves...

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    Islamic dirhams were a regular currency amongst the Vikings and large numbers have been found in hoards in Britain, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Russia, they were popular due to the high purity of the silver..



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    During the late Byzantine period there was a constant flow of Vikings  -  with their longboats  -  into the area around Constantinople.  They hired out as personal guards to important people  ,  and the money and goods they returned to the North were important.     Mervyn

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