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Category: Vikings

Leif Eriksson statue in Reykjavik, Iceland (Credit: iStockphotos.com)

The Viking Explorer Who Beat Columbus to America

Leif Eriksson Day commemorates the Norse explorer believed to have led the first European expedition to North America.

David Taylor holds the 10th century Viking arm ring he discovered last year.

Viking-Era Ring Unearthed in Northern Ireland

A recently discovered piece of Viking jewelry may date back to the 10th century.

Viking Sunstone

Evidence of Fabled Viking Navigational Tool Found

A discovery from the wreckage of a 16th-century ship may finally prove that the Vikings’ legendary “sunstones” really existed.

Vikings and Mice

Vikings Had Mice, Did Travel

The Vikings brought the house mouse species to the areas they settled, including Iceland and Greenland, a new study shows.

Top Stories of 2011

This Year in History: 2011

As the year comes to an end, explore the top History in the Headlines stories published in 2011, from breaking news to special features.

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Viking Chief Buried in His Boat Found in Scotland

The first intact Viking boat burial site to be found on the British mainland was discovered recently in Scotland, archaeologists announced.

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Did Viking Warriors Bare Groovy Teeth?

Viking warriors raiding Britain may have filed their teeth to scare their enemies, according to archaeologists excavating a unique mass grave.

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What Did the Vikings Look Like?

Researchers have recreated the face of a Viking woman who died some 1,000 years ago, offering what may be the most accurate representation yet of a living, breathing Viking.

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Did Vikings Use Crystals to Navigate?

New research suggests that the mythic sunstones used by seafaring Vikings were polarizing crystals that helped them navigate under overcast skies.