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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.

Answers to predict the next ice age

Precipitations lead to the growth of ice caps at the beginning of the last ice age. Researchers have now found how this precipitation was formed. The results may help predict the next ice age.

One mummy – many coffins

The Egyptian elite were buried in a coffin placed inside another coffin – in ensembles of up to eight coffins. This was intended to ensure the transformation of the deceased from human to deity.

Inca kids drugged before being sacrificed

Child corpses found on the Llullaillaco Volcano in Argentina are the world’s best preserved mummies. Analyses reveal that in the run-ups to their deaths 500 years ago, they had been given intoxicants for periods up to a year.

Old Arabic texts describe dirty Vikings

Arabs who encountered Scandinavians who had journeyed eastward depicted them as handsome people but filthy and barbaric.

New findings on the last poet of antiquity

Dioscorus of Aphrodito was the last poet of antiquity. Most likely, he was also involved in business with a monastery; this we can learn from a letter from the 6th century.

Oldest Charlemagne coin in Norway

An archaeological dig in Trondheim, Norway turned up quite a surprise last week, when a 1200-year-old coin was unearthed - the oldest coin from the Carolingian period ever found in Norway.

Norwegian guerrilla warfare in the Iron Age

At the same time the axe became a weapon of choice among Norwegian warriors, society collapsed and warfare became a free-for-all.

Norway should also dig up its “car-park kings”

An estimated 25 ancient Norwegian kings are buried in unmarked graves round the country. An archaeologist and king expert thinks the most notable of these should be exhumed.