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How Norwegians made sure criminals went to Hell

During the Middle Ages, people were deeply concerned about the fate of bad criminals: Not only was it necessary to punish them on Earth, but every effort had to be made to make certain they went to Hell.

Medieval shipwreck hints at psychological warfare

Details of a sunken Danish royal ship reveals colourful details about psychological warfare in the middle ages.

High flames gave status to ancient funeral pyres

Funeral pyres were an important ritual for thousands of years in Denmark. The dead were paraded and the cremation was a spectacular show.

Meet the Greenlandic spirits that gained power by sucking genitals

The bizarre mythical tupilaq creature is a key part of Greenlandic history. Legend says it drained its victim’s through their sexual organs.

Archaeologists are hunting for Greece’s underwater past

There is so much to uncover that we most likely won’t be done during my lifetime, says the archaeologist leading the excavation.

Denmark’s Cold War struggle for scientific control of Greenland

A three year basic research project has revealed the extent of the top secret political struggles and scientific tangles between the US and Denmark during the Cold War.

Climate change research was born in the Cold War

The basic environmental research that underpins our understanding of the Earth’s climate today has a long history, in part shaped through war and a race to control the North.

What this coin can tell us about ancient politics

Situated on the coast of present-day Lebanon, the ancient Phoenician city-state of Sidon was in the middle of the crossfire between the Persians, Greeks and Egyptians. A small lump of metal became an important part of their political and economic balancing act.

The king fought for the Norwegian constitution – and his son

Christian Frederick didn’t have the Norwegian people in mind when he defended their constitution. He wanted his own son to assume the throne, claims a researcher.

Counting the years the Viking way

How did Norway keep track of time before it adopted the modern calendar?