'100-year find’: Enormous Viking ship holds surprising clues on burial ritualsMarch 15, 2023 – The 1,200-year-old vessel, discovered in a Norwegian potato field, is revealing an extraordinary picture of how ancient Scandinavian warlords were sent into the afterlife.
These are some of the world’s most spectacular Viking artifactsMay 30, 2022 – Much of what we know about Vikings and their thousand year-old way of life rests on the physical clues left behind – and the odd fanciful embellishment.
An intact Viking ship burial held riches—and a surprising mysteryMay 17, 2022 – When a massive longship was unearthed in Norway more than 100 years ago, its occupants were expected to be powerful men. Instead, the richest grave site of Viking Age belonged to two women, whose identities remain unknown.
Facts vs. fiction: How the real Vikings compared to the brutal warriors of loreDecember 27, 2022 – DNA testing and archeological finds are offering new insights into the real lives of the Vikings.
Who was the first king of England? The answer is … complicated.May 02, 2023 – There are a number of candidates for England’s first royal coronation, but one man stands out as the origin of today's monarchy. This is the complex history that led to Aethelstan.
Vikings in North America? Here's what we really knowJanuary 12, 2023 – Viking sagas of transatlantic journeys have thrilled people for centuries. Historians are sorting fact from fiction—from accounts of clashes with the First Nations to where the Norse really settled.
Who worshipped Thor? It's complicated.July 08, 2022 – This heathen god of the elements has a now-iconic identity. But how much of it is modern invention – and how much goes way back?
After pillaging France and Spain, Viking raiders set their sights on RomeDecember 09, 2021 – Commanded by the fearsome Bjorn Ironside and Hastein, Viking longships headed to the Mediterranean in the 850s. Their mission? To capture the riches of Rome.
These six mystery islands existed only in the imaginations of ancient explorers—or did they?September 01, 2022 – Some islands, such as Lemuria, were pure legend. But many, including Atlantis, contained at least an element of truth.
Uncovering the hidden legends along Ireland’s southern coastOctober 04, 2022 – The uncrowded inlets and towns tell stories of Ireland’s ancient past, volcanic activity, Vikings, and even magic.
Viking ‘amulet factory’ discovery forces rethink of enigmatic artifactsAugust 05, 2021 – Archaeologists long assumed Valkyrie figurines represented Norse mythical beings. A new study of how and where they were made challenges that.
6,000 years of arrows emerge from melting Norwegian ice patchNovember 25, 2020 – The record-setting discovery of 68 projectiles from the Neolithic to the Viking Era also upends ideas on how ice both preserves and destroys archaeological finds.
Ancient solar storm pinpoints Viking settlement in Americas exactly 1,000 years agoOctober 20, 2021 – An analysis of wood from L’Anse aux Meadows zeroes in on a cosmic event to reveal that the European seafarers were felling trees in Newfoundland in A.D. 1021.
Is Senja island Norway's best kept secret for adventure travel?May 22, 2022 – The northerly isle of Senja offers a distillation of Norway’s charms: cinematic coastal islets, ancient Viking history, challenging hikes, and passionate local adventurers and artists.
Who were the Vikings?June 13, 2019 – Notorious for their violent raids, the Vikings influenced everything from language to tax systems throughout much of the world.
Scientists raid DNA to explore Vikings’ genetic rootsSeptember 16, 2020 – While our modern ideas of these ancient seafarers paint a very homogenous picture, their reality was decidedly diverse.