Latest Viking Age Stories
In September, redOrbit's April Flowers reported that archaeologists from the Danish Castle Centre and Aarhus University had discovered the remains of what they believed to be a Viking fortress.
For the first time in over six decades, a new Viking fortress has been discovered in Denmark. The fortress, like the previously excavated ones at Fyrkat, Aggersborg and Trelleborg (all nominated for inscription in UNESCO's list of world heritage sites) is of the Trelleborg-type.
About 500 years ago, Greenland's Viking settlers, the Norse, disappeared suddenly and mysteriously. Many theories have been proposed to explain the disappearance, from natural disasters and climate change to the inability to adapt.
The first rune stone discovered in Norway since 1947 dates to about 400 AD and may contain a grave, archaeologists in the city of Mandal said.
Experts say the bones of two Viking women found in a buried longboat have dispelled 100-year-old suspicions that one was a maid sacrificed to accompany her queen into the afterlife.
Viking experts will be gathering at The University of Nottingham to discuss the findings of latest research into the Norsemen.
A runway fashion show in Viking times would have spotlighted women cloaked in imported colored-silk gowns adorned with metallic breast coverings and long trains. This surprising claim is the result of a new analysis of remnants from a woman's wardrobe discovered in a grave dating back to the 10th century in Russia, painting a picture of Viking panache before Christianity was established that runs counter to previous ideas about buttoned-up, prudish looking Norsewomen.
Leif Ericson was a Norse explorer seen as the first European to land in North America nearly 500 years prior to Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, identified with the Norse L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern point of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada. It is believed that Leif was born in Iceland around the 970’s - the son of father Erik the Red, an explorer and outlaw from Western Norway. Erik founded the first...