The Annals describe hordes of Vikings plundering the landscape and battling the feuding warlords who ruled Ireland.One entry, from 798, says the pagan invaders stole cattle tribute from chieftains, burned their churches, and “made great incursions in Ireland and also Alba [Scotland],” painting a picture of widespread chaos and destruction.“They came, they saw the lay of the land, and then came the catastrophic invasions described in the Annals,” Simpson says.
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The student also told investigators she and Drake were careful to hide their relationship and called their efforts “Operation Brian Drake keeps his job.” Cypress-Fairbanks ISD officials said they had removed Drake from their staff and that they “fully support the swift prosecution of anyone caught violating student safety.” Drake, who is being charged with having an improper relationship with a student, posted his ,000 bond and is due back in court Nov.
When Irish archaeologists working under Dublin’s South Great George’s Street just over a decade ago excavated the remains of four young men buried with fragments of Viking shields, daggers, and personal ornaments, the discovery appeared to be simply more evidence of the Viking presence in Ireland.
Yet when excavation leader Linzi Simpson of Dublin’s Trinity College sent the remains for carbon dating to determine their age, the results were “quite surprising,” she says.
The tests, performed at Beta Analytic in Miami, Florida, and at Queen’s University in Belfast, showed that the men had been buried in Irish soil years, or even decades, before the accepted date for the establishment of the first year-round Viking settlement in Dublin—and perhaps even before the first known Viking raid on the island took place.A Texas high school band director allegedly had an affair with a student and sent her a message saying he’d “blow my brains out” if she ratted him out to his wife or anyone else, according to a new report.Brian Thomas Drake, 35, was busted Friday after investigators found he’d had sex with a former student while she was a senior at Cypress Creek High School in 20, Houston’s CW39 reported. And that will be your fault, a hundred percent,” he allegedly said.Simpson’s findings are now adding new weight to an idea gaining growing acceptance—that, instead of a sudden, cataclysmic invasion, the arrival of the Vikings in Ireland and Britain began, rather, with small-scale settlements and trade links that connected Ireland with northern European commerce for the first time.And, further, that those trading contacts may have occurred generations before the violent raids described in contemporary texts, works written by monks in isolated monasteries—often the only places where literate people lived—which were especially targeted by Viking raiders for their food and treasures.Officials from the Ministry of Religious Affairs have also reportedly visited local businesses to ensure they are not displaying Christmas decorations, including Santa hats and banners with Christmas greetings.