Scandinavian trade ‘triggered’ the Viking Age

To see more Viking articles, click here. by University of York Archaeologists from the University of York have played a key role in Anglo-Danish research which has suggested the dawn of the Viking Age may have been much earlier – and less violent – than previously believed. The study by Dr Steve Ashby, of the DepartmentContinue reading “Scandinavian trade ‘triggered’ the Viking Age”

Viking Age Iceland: Complex Culture and Simple Economy

This is Part 45 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: Complex Culture and Simple Economy”

Isle of Man Viking silver ingot declared treasure

To see more Viking articles, click here. A 1,000-year-old silver ingot found by a metal detectorist is of “real importance” in understanding the Viking period on the Isle of Man, a heritage organisation has said. The 1.4 inch (3.5cm) oblong silver piece was found by Lee Morgan in the south of the island in September.Continue reading “Isle of Man Viking silver ingot declared treasure”

Viking Age Iceland: Chieftains

This is Part 44 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: Chieftains”

Isle of Man Viking brooches go on display for first time

To see more Viking articles, click here. Two intricately decorated Viking age bronze brooches found by metal detectorists on the Isle of Man have gone on display for the first time. The 1,000-year-old pieces, which are about 10cm in length, date back to about AD 950. The ornate oval brooches feature silver wire decorations andContinue reading “Isle of Man Viking brooches go on display for first time”