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September 08, 2004

Odin

Radiocarbon dating links a carving of Odin in the collection at Colchester Castle Museum to the more recently uncovered Seahenge.

At first, the carved object puzzled scientists, who could not determine if it was a man or a woman, or why its left eye appeared to have been mutilated.

Marie Taylor, Marketing Officer of the Colchester Castle Museum, which houses the Odin carving, told Discovery News, "Archaeologists now know that these distinctive features are deliberate, and that the idol is an early representation of the later Viking god named Odin. Odin could change his sex at will from man to woman, and he lost the use of his left eye so that he could see into the future."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 8, 2004 09:17 AM

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