Viking Age treasure hoard discovered on the Isle of Man

To see more Viking articles, click here. A treasure hoard dating back to the eleventh century has been discovered on the Isle of Man. It includes 87 silver coins, 13 pieces of cut, silver arm-rings or “hack silver” and other artefacts. The hoard has been declared a Treasure by the Coroner of Inquests on theContinue reading “Viking Age treasure hoard discovered on the Isle of Man”

Viking Age Iceland: Grelutótt in Iceland’s West Fjords

This is Part 21 of our ongoing series about Viking Age Iceland. For centuries, this island country, unique in Medieval Europe, operated with no king, no great lords, no foreign policy, and no defense forces but which developed legal and judicial systems to limit the violence of bloodfeud and protect the rights of freemen. Far out in the North Atlantic, Iceland was where theContinue reading “Viking Age Iceland: Grelutótt in Iceland’s West Fjords”

Christian monks may have buried this treasure to dupe the Vikings

By Laura Geggel  One vessel in the hoard had Zoroastrian religious symbols. More than 1,000 years ago, someone hid an opulent hoard containing more than 100 valuables underground in Scotland. When this buried treasure of silver brooches and bracelets, gold pins and rings, and an intricately decorated metal vessel was discovered in 2014, researchers initially thought that the Vikings had buried it.Continue reading “Christian monks may have buried this treasure to dupe the Vikings”

Viking Age Iceland: Turf Houses

This is Part 20 of our ongoing series about Viking Age Iceland. For centuries, this island country, unique in Medieval Europe, operated with no king, no great lords, no foreign policy, and no defense forces but which developed legal and judicial systems to limit the violence of bloodfeud and protect the rights of freemen. Far out in the North Atlantic, Iceland was where theContinue reading “Viking Age Iceland: Turf Houses”