This 73 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 the famousContinue reading “Viking Age Iceland: Icelandic Law”
To see more Viking articles, click here. By Tom Metcalfe The ring likely belonged to a powerful Viking chief. A large, gold Viking ring crafted from twisted metal strands turned up in a very unexpected place: a heap of cheap jewelry a woman in Norway purchased at an online auction. Archaeologists think the ring may beContinue reading “Gold Viking ring unexpectedly found in stash of ‘cheap jewelry’ from online auction”
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To see more Viking articles, click here. BYALLISON ECK The Vikings weren’t just masculine raiders and pillagers. They were adventurous sea-faring women, too. Previous studies had presumed that Viking men brought women over to new colonies after they’d already settled in new territory; for example, a 2001 study claimed that Norse men first settled the land andContinue reading “Mitochondrial DNA Proves Women Were Instrumental Viking Colonizers”
To see more Viking articles, click here. By Luke John Murphy, Heidi Fuller, and Monte Gates Famed for their swift longboats and bloody incursions, Vikings have long been associated with brutal, over-the-top violence. Between the eighth and 11th centuries, these groups left their Nordic homelands to make their fortunes by trading and raiding across Europe.Continue reading “Brutal Viking ‘blood eagle’ ritual execution was anatomically possible – new research”