Solar storm confirms Vikings settled in North America exactly 1,000 years ago

To see more Viking articles, click here. By Caroline Davies Analysis of wood from timber-framed buildings in Newfoundland shows Norse-built settlement 471 years before Columbus Half a millennium before Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic, the Vikings reached the “New World”, as the remains of timber buildings at L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip ofContinue reading “Solar storm confirms Vikings settled in North America exactly 1,000 years ago”

Viking Age Iceland: Diet

This is Part 32 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: Diet”

Study identifies date of Norse settlement in the Americas

To see more Viking articles, click here. An international team of researchers has revealed that Norse settlers were active in the Americas as early as AD 1021. Norse people sailed vast distances in search of new lands to settle and farm, or to raid as Vikings for fame and wealth. To the East they reachedContinue reading “Study identifies date of Norse settlement in the Americas”

Viking Age Iceland: Farmers

This is Part 31 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: Farmers”