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Dressed up with jewellery stolen in Viking raids

We might not consider it bling, but to the Viking-age woman who wore a fitting from a horse’s harness, it was an exotic piece of jewellery. Never mind that it was stolen from the British Isles during a Viking raid.

The Viking Age should be called the Steel Age

OPINION: The Viking Age harks back to the glory days of the Nordics, but the name is all wrong. It should instead be called the Steel Age, says Danish archaeologist.

Why did the Vikings take hostages?

Sometimes the captives spent their whole lives together with the hostage-takers.

Counting the years the Viking way

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

Archaeologists discover a Viking toolbox

Follow the archaeologists’ work as they pry into a 1,000-years-old Viking toolbox.

Archaeologist discovers a new style of Viking combat

Experimental archaeologists donned their armour and took to the battlefield to test out shield fighting techniques.

What colour did the Vikings paint their houses?

Archaeologists in Denmark are busy building one of the largest experimental archaeology reconstruction projects. But what colours would the Vikings have used?

Viking arrowheads emerge from melting Norwegian glaciers

High up in the mountains, archaeologists are now discovering human traces dating as far back as the Stone age.

Viking sailors took their cats with them

The largest genetic study of cats reveals how our furry friends spread out across Europe, Asia, and Africa, and even hitched a ride aboard Viking ships.

Guide to the classics: the Icelandic saga

Opinion: There has been a surge in interest of Icelandic literature, including the sagas. But how much do you really know about these literary classics?