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Archaeology

The mother of all birds had black wings

A study has discovered new evidence about the colour of the wings of Archaeopteryx – the primordial bird.

Ancient coins offer clues about medieval society

Norway’s economic system in the Middle Ages was more sophisticated than previously thought.

Genes reveal animal history

Reindeer living way up north today are immigrants from the south. This is revealed by their genes, which also divulge other secrets of these animals’ shared history with humankind for thousands of years.

The people who changed Norway

About 4,400 years ago a boat came to Norway. The people aboard had shiny weapons, a foreign culture and a new economic system based on agriculture. The country would never be the same.

Unique find at Viking burial place

Archaelogists have discovered a unique horseman’s grave exceeding 100m2 at a Viking burial place in Denmark. Several other aristocrats’ graves from the time of Harald Bluetooth were also found.

The great reindeer slaughter

Under a thin carpet of sparse mountain vegetation lie the remains of an extensive massacre of animals. The 700-year-old rubbish heaps contain hundreds of thousands of bones.

Voices from the grave

Early in the 13th century husbands and wives were not always allowed to be buried next to each other in cemeteries. Old Norwegian skeletons reveal long-forgotten burial customs.

Viking research sails eastward

The Vikings’ relationship to Eastern Europe has been overlooked, but a new era in Viking research is underway, according to Norwegian Archaeologist.

Shellfish and plastic can save Viking ships

Many of the 1,000-year-old Viking treasures are pretty fragile. New conservation techniques are being tested that include the use of prawn and crab shells.

Low carb diets rocked in the Stone Age

The Neolithic population of Northern Europe maintained a diet based mainly on hunting and fishing even after agriculture became well established.