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The Black Death has been hiding among us for thousands of years

Fossil DNA reveals that the plague is much older than previously suspected. The discovery could shed new light on the evolution of a deadly disease.

Middle Ages' wealthy unknowingly poisoned themselves with lead

Medieval ceramics were laced with toxic lead oxide, which made wealthy city folk more susceptible to lead poisoning, says new research.

Archaeologists unearth 2000-year-old Iron Age sacrifices

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

Archaeological breakthrough could solve the mystery of Greenland’s Vikings

Archaeologists develop new method, which might finally tell us why the Vikings migrated to Greenland.

Researchers have feared and expected continued destruction in Palmyra

Researchers at the University of Bergen have expected more atrocious vandalism of cultural treasures in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Palmyra by members of the Islamic State, IS. Most of all, they fear that more of their scientific colleagues and friends in areas controlled by IS will be killed.

Norwegian iron helped build Iron-Age Europe

Two thousand years ago, Norway produced iron in significant quantities. Much of it was exported both southward and northward from Trøndelag in central Norway.

See where the Vikings travelled

Use the interactive map to find out where the Vikings travelled to and how they traded and plundered in everything from spices to slaves.

Kennewick Man’s genome suggests Native American ancestry

New genetic evidence turns existing theories on their head and settles a fierce debate over the remains of a prehistoric man once and for all.

Ancient urn hints at global trade network

Archaeologists "couldn't believe their eyes" when a perfectly preserved urn turned up in a grave in Southern Jutland.

History rewritten: Europeans were “born” in the Bronze Age

DNA from 101 Bronze Age skeletons shows that Europeans came from nomadic tribes who invaded during the Bronze Age.