Ring brings ancient Viking, Islamic civilizations closer together

Inscription, style and lack of wear point to rare archaeological evidence of contact


DISTANT BLING  A new study suggests that a ninth century ring from a Viking site in Sweden came directly from the Islamic civilization. The ring includes an inset of colored glass engraved with ancient Arabic script.

Christer Åhlin/The Swedish History Museum

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