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Norwegian viking saga confirmed by archaeological discovery

Archaeologists working in Trondheim in Norway are amazed by the discovery of a human skeleton in the bottom of an abandoned castle well. The skeleton provides evidence that confirms dramatic historical events mentioned in the Sagas.

Finding answers on a pilgrims’ trail

Pilgrims who follow a popular route in northwest Spain are often searching for something. Many find the same answers.

What secrets are hiding in these runes?

A Swedish researcher offers a new interpretation of the runes on the spectacular Rök runestone. “The stone is one of our biggest enigmas,” says a Norwegian runologist.

Archaeologists unearth 2000-year-old Iron Age sacrifices

ScienceNordic was on the scene when archaeologists excavated a sacred bog from the Iron Age.

Archaeological discovery in Sweden reveals site of Stone Age rituals

Archaeologists unearth a 9,000-year-old ritual site in a Swedish cave on an island with a long history of superstition and witchcraft.

The Viking’s grave and the sunken ship

See a Viking’s grave or travel to the ocean floor. New technology allows archaeologists to easily map excavation sites in 3D.

Fashionable Vikings loved colours, fur, and silk

The Vikings were skilled warriors, traders, and explorers, but a more fashionable side might also have existed.

North Europeans resisted farming

North Europeans resisted adaption of farming and herding when these practices arrived in Europe about 8,000 years ago, according to a new study conducted by a team including Archaeology Professor Francesco d’Errico at the University of Bergen.

Mysterious code in Viking runes is cracked

A runic code called jötunvillur has finally been decrypted. It just might help solve the mystery of the Vikings’ secret codes.

Close-ups: Manuscript fragments

By studying hand-written text fragments researchers chart the evolution of written language in Norway.