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The Oseberg Ship Burial

The Oseberg Ship Burial Astounded Archaeologists with Excellent Preservation and Hoard of Artifacts

In AD 921, the Arab traveler and Islamic theologian Ahmad ibn Fadlan was sent by the Abbasid caliph, al-Muqtadir to the court of the king of the Volga Bulghars as part of a diplomatic party. During...
The Funeral of a Viking

The 10th century chronicle of the violent, orgiastic funeral of a Viking chieftain

For the 10 th century holy man and jurist Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, the violent, orgiastic, drunken spectacle put on by mourning Vikings in Bulgaria must have been shocking. In Ibn Fadlan’s Muslim tradition...
Seljuk ring discovered in Viking-era grave

Ring discovered in Viking-era grave has Arabic inscription

A silver ring from a Viking-era grave in Birka, Sweden, has a distinctive history: it is the first ring with Arabic inscription from that era found in Scandinavia. The ring, which has an inscription...
From the Gisla Saga

The Gisla Saga: an Icelandic Tale of Love, Family, and Revenge

Considered an outlaw saga, the Gisla Saga survives in thirty-three manuscripts, first written in the 13 th century. It is notable for its psychological treatment of characters and its blatant...
The Controversial Origins of the Maine Penny

The Controversial Origins of the Maine Penny, A Norse Coin found in a Native American Settlement

Christopher Columbus is often remembered as the first European to discover the Americas, eventually leading to the colonization of these two continents by European powers. It is undeniable that...
Viking patterned woodwork

Norsemen transformed international culture, manufacturing, tech and trade during Viking Era

The notorious reputation of the Vikings spanned thousands of years and across many lands. Bloodthirsty invaders intent on raiding and plundering is what many still imagine when speaking of Vikings...
James Balme found this stone on sale as a garden ornament in England

Ancient stone with strange carvings, possibly Anglo-Saxon, turns up in garden shop

A stone with mysterious carvings, possibly dating from the Anglo-Saxon or Viking era, had been on sale as a garden ornament when television host and archaeologist James Balme bought it recently,...
Ancient artifacts and human remains surface as glaciers melt

Ancient artifacts and human remains surface as glaciers melt

In summer 2014 in just one Norwegian county a team of archaeologists found 400 Stone Age artifacts uncovered by glacial melt. “Mittens, shoes, weapons, walking sticks – lost in the high mountains of...
Rare 9th Century Tools Discovered under Norwegian Garden

Rare 9th Century Tools Discovered under Norwegian Garden, Revealing Status of Blacksmiths in Viking Age

Routine landscaping last year led to a Norwegian man inadvertently uncovering extremely rare Viking Age artifacts. When Leif Arne Nordheim pulled up flagstones from his lawn, he revealed a rusty iron...
The scene depicts Hinguar and Hubba setting out to avenge their father, Lothbrok

Archaeologist to delve into Viking presence in Spain

Many people do not realize how far and wide the Vikings of the 8 th to 11 th centuries ranged. They voyaged from their homelands in Scandinavia, north and west to Iceland and Vinland and south down...
The Viking remains found in a mass grave with their heads separated from their bodies

The Headless Vikings of Dorset

In June 2009, archaeologists made a shocking discovery in the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset, England. While excavating in preparation for the anticipated Weymouth Relief Road, archaeologists...
Treasure hunter - Viking Hoards in Scotland

Treasure hunter uncovers one of the most significant Viking hoards ever found in Scotland

An amateur treasure hunter equipped with a metal detector has unearthed a massive hoard of Viking artifacts in Dumfries and Galloway, in what has been described as one of the most significant...
Ancient ring fortress - Vikings

Newly-discovered ancient fortress reveals architectural accomplishments of Vikings

Archaeologists in Denmark have discovered a ring-shaped Viking fortress on the Danish island of Zealand, which historians believe may have been used to train warriors before launching an invasion of...
Viking Women

Research suggests Viking women accompanied warriors on overseas missions

A study has revealed that previous research examining the gender ratio of Vikings in Medieval England may have underestimated the number of Viking women because they assumed that graves showing...
Irish Viking king Olaf Guthfrithsson

Archaeologists believe they have found Irish Viking king Olaf Guthfrithsson

Archaeologists found a set of ancient remains during an archaeological dig in East Lothian, Scotland, which is believed to be the Irish Viking king Olaf Guthfrithsson, according to a report on STV...
Wooden fragment discovered in Uunartoq, Greenland, in 1948, which is believed to be a sun-compass used to determine direction

New study reveals Vikings could navigate after dark using sun-compass and mythical sunstone

The Vikings have been reputed to be remarkable seafarers who would confidently head into unexplored waters. Now a team of researchers from Hungary and Sweden claim to have a clue as to how the Norse...

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