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viking fortress denmark
2014-09-09 07:11:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. According to Søren Sindbæk, professor of medieval archaeology at Aarhus University, "The Vikings have a reputation as a berserker and pirates. It comes as...

Vikings In Greenland Ate Seals
2012-11-20 06:26:11

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. A team of researchers from Aarhus University, the University of Copenhagen, the National Museum of Denmark and the University in Vancouver has dispelled the idea that the Vikings died out due to an...

2009-10-02 11:50:00

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. The rune discovered last week in a garden in Mandal has several lines cut into the stone's face, but the style of writing appears slightly different from previous finds and is more difficult to decipher, The Norway Post reported Friday. One sentence beginning Ek Naudigastir -- I Naudagistr -- is believed to be a man's name. A larger stone under the...

2008-04-25 15:00:00

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. Tests of the bones showed that the broken collarbone of the younger woman had been healing for weeks, indicating that the break was not part of a ritual execution as suspected since the 72 ft long Oseberg ship was discovered in 1904.Per Holck, professor of anatomy at Oslo University studied the two women who died...

2008-03-31 14:40:00

Viking experts will be gathering at The University of Nottingham to discuss the findings of latest research into the Norsemen.Taking in the way the Vikings fought, lived, and left their mark on Europe, some of the country's leading experts in the field will be getting together at the Midlands Viking Symposium (MVS) on April 26.The MVS is aimed at anyone with an interest in the history and culture of the Vikings, with talks from specialists from a variety of disciplines whose work contributes...

2008-02-25 16:11:08

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. "Now we...

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Leif Ericson
2014-01-06 10:25:39

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...

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