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What made the Vikings so superior in warfare?

We travel back in time to study the tactics of the Norse warriors.

Was rape common in the Middle Ages?

TV shows such as "Game of Thrones" on HBO and "Norsemen" depict rape as having been commonplace in the past. But is that correct?

How the US built a mysterious military camp under the Greenland ice sheet

New book tackles the Cold War debacle over US military activities in Greenland.

The Reformation transformed the aristocracy from warriors to bureaucrats

As the king consolidated power, the ruling class adapted to maintain its influence.

Denmark’s first Viking king printed in 3D

Full reconstruction of Gorm the Old reveals a strange growth on his neck.

Thrifty medieval bailiffs accidentally saved Old Norse texts

Norwegian archivists have found hidden treasures in medieval accounting records, including a slightly different version of the saga of Olav the Holy. Now you can see them online.

Soon computers can decipher your great grandmother’s scribbles

A program that can recognise old handwriting will soon be introduced in Denmark. Historians describe it as revolutionary and fantastic.

Ancient grain reveals the development of the earliest cities

How were the first cities established and how did they develop? The analysis of 8,000 years old grain from ancient Mesopotamia has some answers.

Did Vikings really fight behind a shield wall?

It could all be a big misunderstanding, says archaeologist.

Sexual offences increased in Denmark during the Second World War

The number of sexual offences against women and children in Denmark increased by almost 50 per cent during the Nazi occupation between 1940 and 1945, shows new research.