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Discovered more than a century ago in a Swedish grave, a ring bearing an Arabic inscription confirms contact between the Vikings and the Islamic world.
For the first time in a millennium, Iceland will have a shrine honoring the ancient Norse gods once worshipped by the Vikings.
Newly released DNA evidence suggests that Norse women also took to the seas to help settle new lands.
Leif Eriksson Day commemorates the Norse explorer believed to have led the first European expedition to North America.
A recently discovered piece of Viking jewelry may date back to the 10th century.
A discovery from the wreckage of a 16th-century ship may finally prove that the Vikings’ legendary “sunstones” really existed.
The Vikings brought the house mouse species to the areas they settled, including Iceland and Greenland, a new study shows.
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The first intact Viking boat burial site to be found on the British mainland was discovered recently in Scotland, archaeologists announced.
Viking warriors raiding Britain may have filed their teeth to scare their enemies, according to archaeologists excavating a unique mass grave.
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.
New research suggests that the mythic sunstones used by seafaring Vikings were polarizing crystals that helped them navigate under overcast skies.