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Viking Age Sites in the Faroe Islands
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It had previously been assumed that the Faroe Islands were first settled in the ninth century by the Vikings, with the possibility that – as in Iceland – there were perhaps some eremitical monks who left when the Vikings arrived.

However, research published in 2013 has now shown that there are definite traces of human activity in the Faroe Islands that date to the fourth to the sixth centuries and to the sixth to the eighth centuries.

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The Faroe Islands were colonized much earlier than previously believed, and it wasn’t by the Vikings, according to new research.