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Archaeology

The Sami never sold their souls

From the middle of the 1800s to the end of the Second World War, it was possible to see living Sami people on exhibit.

Inuit drum history longer than realised

Two 4,500 year-old pieces of frozen wood found in Greenland have added a couple of thousand years to the history of the Inuit drum. But they help little in revealing the drums’ origin.

The mysterious stone Madonna of the North

Saved from mould and darkness, she’s a source of mysteries – Norway’s one and only painted stone Madonna from the Middle Ages.

Life after the Ice Age

Life after the last Ice age was hard, say the archaeologists who dig for clues about the first settlers in Northern Norway.

Research-based cookbook for cavemen and Vikings

The first ever cookbook based on archaeological finds is now out in English. The recipes are based on research from numerous archaeological sites in central and northern Europe.

Sex made birds spread their wings

The discovery of a dinosaur with a glossy metallic plumage suggests it was sex, and not aerodynamics, that drove the evolution of dinosaur feathers and which later enabled birds to fly.

World’s first animals were preserved in special sea bed

Researchers have discovered how impressions of small molluscs, which could decompose quickly, were preserved for more than 500 million years.

Stone Age cartoons

More than 1,000 rock carvings abound on Kanozero Island in Northern Russia. One of them beats The Flintstones by several millennia.

Treasures in farm mounds

In North Norwegian farm mounds archaeologists unearth layer upon layer, revealing activities going back to the days of the Vikings. These are now threatened by construction and a warmer climate.

Organic tools found in Stone Age camp

Sensational new archaeological find reveals paddles and bow in underwater Stone Age settlement