Posts Tagged ‘viking’

‘Lost’ Viking Village Artifacts Emerge From Norwegian Basement Archive

It isn’t rare for a once prosperous medieval town to be abandoned and slowly get side-lined in the annals of history. Nothing exemplifies this statement better than the lost Viking village of Borgund Read more Section:  Artifacts Other Artifacts News History & Archaeology Read Later 

The Truth Behind the Macabre Discovery of “Viking Skin” on Church Doors

For centuries, it has been believed that the large piece of skin nailed to the door of St Botolph’s church in Hadstock near Cambridge in England was human skin that belonged to a Viking Read more Section:  News History & Archaeology Read Later 

Elite Viking Burial Boat Discovered 30ft Underground in Norway

Archaeologists in Norway have developed, tested, and deployed a new ground-penetrating radar technique. The results of their work include the discovery of a 30 foot (9 meters) long and 5 foot Read more Section:  News History & Archaeology Read Later 

Smell Like a Viking – The Viking Odor Was Strangely Superior!

Sailing, exploring, and raiding. Three activities well-loved by Vikings in their time. These Scandinavian seafarers spent their days as brutal warriors, pillaging and colonizing cities all over Europe Read more Section:  News History Ancient Traditions Read Later  Source

King Aelle and the Blood Eagle: Ritual Sacrifice in Viking Age Britain

Thanks to recent attention in popular culture, the story of King Aelle’s violent death at the hands of Ivar the Boneless in a type of ritual killing known as the “blood eagle” is well-known. The Vikings have long held a reputation for barbarity and bloodthirstiness, and not without good reason. Ritual killings such as the […]

Brutal Viking Blood Eagle Execution ‘Could’ Have Happened

Scientists have calculated that victims’ screams would have stopped before their lungs were drawn through their backs. This is after discovering the brutal ‘Blood Eagle’ could have happened. Ancient Norse sagas talk of a brutal ritual called ‘Blood Eagle.’ Until now, no evidence had ever been gathered to determine if this bloody death rite could […]

Long-Distance Trade Revealed at Medieval Danish Viking Center

Revolutionary new advances in radiocarbon dating techniques have enabled scientists to more precisely determine the chronology and dynamics of Viking Age trade networks based on a medieval Danish Viking center near Ribe, Denmark. To be published today in the journal Nature, the Danish Viking center study uses a technique that pinpoints radiocarbon data to a […]

“Rare, Exciting and Complex” Mayback Viking Sword Discovered On Orkney

Among several finds at a Viking burial site on Papa Westray, Orkney, is “a rare, exciting, and complex artifact” – a Mayback sword in the form of a Pedersen Type D, associated with the 9th century. The find from 2015 is now being carefully examined for post-excavation work, and it is confirmed to be one […]

Huge Iron Age Longhouse Found Beside Viking Ship in Norway

Archaeologists in Norway have made some amazing discoveries recently without even digging. Using breakthrough radar technology, they have found an elite settlement and burial ground from the Nordic Iron Age (550-1050 AD). Initially the most significant find at the site was a rare Viking ship burial, the first in decades. But now, archaeologists have located […]

New Study Provides Precise Date for Viking Presence in Newfoundland

A new study has tackled a burning question which has preoccupied generations of archaeologists: When did the Vikings first “discover” the Americas? Their analysis was based on a selection of wooden artifacts discovered in what the first European colonists called Terra Nova , which literally means “Newfoundland”, an island located in Canada. Using pioneering methods, […]

England’s Viking Cuerdale Hoard Is The Second Biggest Of Them All!

There are Viking hoards and then there are amazing Viking hoards. England’s Cuerdale Hoard, discovered in the 1840s, is in the amazing category in more ways than one! In terms of weight and number of pieces, it is second only to the Spillings Hoard found on Gotland, Sweden in 1999 (weighing 67 kilograms or 147 […]

Viking Longboat Blows Out Entire Town’s Power Supply in Scotland

The Vikings are it again! The much-feared Norse seafarers and pirates who terrorized Europe between the 8th and 11th centuries are still causing trouble today. In the town of Kirkcudbright in the south of Scotland, which had recently been in the news for other Viking-era related occurrences, a stray longboat has knocked out the town’s […]

The Vale of York Hoard: The Finest Silver Viking Treasure Find In The UK

The Vale of York Hoard is a Viking hoard dating to the 10th century AD. The hoard, which consists primarily of silver coins, was discovered by a pair of metal detectorists in 2007. The objects in the hoard are from a variety of places, reflecting the international cultural contacts that were in existence during the […]

Fight For Your Honor! The Holmgang And Viking Law

 Throughout their history, the Vikings were known as ferocious fighters, seafarers, raiders, and traders. The popular image depicts them as somewhat rambunctious and lawless – but that is far from the truth. To maintain a functioning society, the  Vikings relied on strict laws and social norms. One of the most popular of these – and best […]

Viking Pendants Suggest Ritual Gender Roles, New Study Says

A new study has been conducted on mysterious Viking pendants found in Denmark (by the dozens) and as far afield as Russia and England. These figurines were created in bronze, are roughly inch-long, and depict long-haired women wearing crested helmets while carrying shields and swords. The pendants have been dated back to more than a […]

Ancient Silver “Piggybank” Adds to Viking History Isle of Man

A metal detectorist with a nose for Viking era artifacts has struck gold again. Or more precisely, struck silver. These discoveries have helped to spark a renewed interest in the Viking history of the Isle of Man. Metal Detectorist Strikes Again: Unearthing Viking Isle of Man Treasure Kath Giles, a retired police officer living on […]

The Norse God Odin: Viking God of War, Father of Thor, But There’s More

Odin is the chief deity of the Norse pantheon. Although Odin was worshipped more generally in Germanic paganism, the information we have today about this god is derived mostly from Norse mythology. These pieces of information include both written sources, such as myths, and archaeological finds, that combined paint a complex picture of this Norse […]

Lost Viking Capital May Have Been Found on Scotland’s Shetland Islands

What is being described by one Shetland islander as a “hugely significant discovery “ has reached the press. While nobody is just yet sure what the five ancient circular structures found on the Shetland Islands represent, on the final day of excavations the consensus is that Shetland ’s ancient Viking capital might have finally been discovered. […]

Swedish Viking Burial Shows Transition to Christian Burials Says Study

In Sigtuna, Sweden, just north of Stockholm, seven well-preserved Viking tombs have been discovered, including the graves of two possible infant twins. As per the Swedish press release on this particular Viking burial site in  Uppdrag Arkeologi , these graves revealed a transition from tradition Viking burials to Christian funerary practices, which was also summarized […]

Viking Family Members ‘Reunited’ After 1000 Years!

A genetic relationship, either as half-brothers or as an uncle and a nephew, has been established between skeletal remains of two men who died on opposite ends of the North Sea. Estimated to have been buried between 960 AD and 1020 AD, the two men from the same Viking family have finally been reunited at […]

Stavanger Cathedral Built Over Viking Settlement, New Evidence Suggests

Archaeologists digging below the floors of the spectacular  Stavanger Cathedral  on Norway’s southwestern coast unearthed new evidence revealing more about the church site’s complex past. While excavating in crawl spaces below the church’s northern section, they found an assortment of animal bones, buried in a layer of darkened earth that showed other signs of human […]

Researchers Solve the Origins of a Famous Collection of Viking Bones

For over 100 years human remains recovered from the famous Bjerringhøj Viking Age burial in Denmark have been missing. But now, a collection of Viking bones and textiles that were recovered from “a misplaced box” in the National Museum of Denmark has been confirmed as belonging to the Bjerringhøj burial. And these are not just […]

Scientists Uncover Secrets of the Germanic-Viking Alchemists of Ribe

Archaeologists at sites in Ribe, a Danish trading port in southwest Jutland, have published a new study in Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences related to the evolution of metalwork skills and craftsmanship of early Viking craftspeople in Denmark in the 8th and 9th centuries. Founded in the early 8 th century during the Germanic Iron Age, […]

Clearing Up Christian Distortions About The Viking Age

Sturla from the Viking Stories YouTube channel gives a presentation on “What started the Viking Age?” The Scandinavian and Germanic people’s history is far longer than the period considered to be the “official” Viking Age. But within what is considered by the academicians to be the Viking Age Sturla talks about the “sword christening” atrocities […]

Does a Viking Age Mask Stone Picture the Real Hamlet?

Does a Viking Age Mask Stone picture the real Hamlet? Surely not, the immediate reply might be. It is well-known that Shakespeare modeled his Hamlet story over older versions of the story about Amleth, first written in Latin circa 1200 AD by Danish chronicle writer Saxo Grammaticus. While Shakespeare’s Hamlet was a fictional renaissance character […]

Rare Treasure Hoard Unearthed On Viking Island

A hoard of Viking Age artifacts that was discovered on the Isle of Man has officially been declared a national treasure. This latest Viking treasure hoard was buried around 950 AD and discovered in November 2020 by metal detectorist Kath Giles. Comprising three valuable items of jewelry: a gold arm-ring, a silver armband and a […]

Talk Like a Viking! 10 Everyday English Words with Old Norse Origins

Did you know that many words we use today such as “husband,” “happy,” and “egg” are of Old Norse origin? No? Well, this isn’t surprising, as in the minds of many people the Vikings were nothing but a bunch of brutal savages. They were however more sophisticated than most people tend to believe. Their rich […]

Unique Viking Runes Discovered in Denmark

“These are the runes we’ve been missing,” says archaeologist. A comb with a runic inscription of the word “comb,” perhaps doesn’t sound so sensational. But it is. The comb dates to the early Viking Age around 800 CE. Just a handful of runic texts from this period exists. The comb was discovered during excavations of […]

Ground-Penetrating Radar Locates Massive Viking Burial Mounds in Norway

An extensive survey using ground penetrating radar in northern Norway has revealed the presence of 15 gigantic Viking burial mounds , along with other measurable remains of ongoing human activity. Based on their sizes, shapes, and designs, archaeologists have dated the mounds and other surrounding features back to the eighth century AD, when the Vikings […]

Birka: The Mysterious Demise of a Majestic Viking Trading Center

The Viking Age in Europe brought a lot of key events and innovations, and greatly shaped the future of things that were to come. But there is a popular misconception that the Vikings were all about raiding and pillaging as they sailed to the West and the East. While they did sail all over and […]

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