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Medieval history

What do the animals in stave church ornamentation signify?

The richly decorated portal at Urnes stave church has often been interpreted in light of paganism. That’s wrong, according to a new stave church study.

How today's wars resemble the medieval wars in Nordic areas

Medieval wars can help us understand the new wars of our time.

Thousands of medieval trinkets discovered underneath Scandinavian churches

More than 100,000 coins and hairpins have been found under the floorboards of medieval churches throughout Scandinavia, revealing insights into religious life in the Middle Ages.

Archaeologists excavate 400 Iron Age houses in Denmark

A spectacular and unique site, say archaeologists.

Unique runestone made world heritage

A unique runestone, which is the first to mention ‘Norway’ as a country, has been added to a list of world heritage documents of international importance.

The Archbishop’s mint

The medieval coin workshop found in Trondheim is the world’s best preserved. Now scientists have reconstructed the entire coin-making process.