Gothic shipbuilding and naval warfare
- Le Bateman,
Thank you for bringing up the matter
of Goths and the sea. This is one of the
main areas of my interest and I am preparing
an article in the field. The Goti and the Eruli
had extensive naval activities in the Black
Sea and the eastern Mediterranean in the
250s. This has prompted some authorities
to claim that the Goti and Eruli were pre-
Vikings (for instance Professor Pritsak)
and I fully agree. In the early stages the
Goti and Eruli cooperated with the Bosporani
for ships but later some form of shipbuilding
may have taken place. The ships of the
Bosporani were rather small compared
to the oceangoing vikings ships of the
Norwegians. The Ostrogoti operated fleets
in the Adriatic agains Byzantine naval
The large exhibition on the Vikings in
Washington DC this year in commemoration
of the millenium of the discovery of America
by Leif Erikson refutes all theories of the
Viking having ventured south of th eSt. Lawrence
Bay in Canada.
If you have the opportunity visit the National
Museum of Natural History Viking Exhibition
(April 29 - August 13).
Buy the Smithsonian Institution Press catalogue
_Vikings. The North Atlantic Saga_ (ed. William W.
Fitzhugh & Elisabeth I Ward), 432 pages and
The Kengsington Runestone is a fraud,
in my humble opinion. But with runes we
are somewhat off the Gothic subject,
but not totally, of course.
> Did the Goths like the Nosreman have the knowledge to build seagoing
>ships, or was their primary means of travel by horse. Just was wodering if
>they ever ventured across the Atlantic to my neck of the woods not
>necessarily Alabama, but anywhere in the Continnental U.S.A. Could the
>Kensington Rune stones in Minnesota have been Gothic instead of Norse.
>Experts are studying those. Anyone ever heard of a Dr. Richard Nielson who
>lives in California, but was at a University in Denamrk at one time. A
>Runologist at the Universtiy of Oslo also is studying these.