Viking DNA and the pitfalls of genetic ancestry tests

To see Viking articles, click here. By Anna Källén and Daniel Strand A middle-aged white man raises his sword to the skies and roars to the gods. The results of his genetic ancestry test have just arrived in his suburban mailbox. His eyes fill with tears as he learns that he is “0.012% Viking”. TheseContinue reading “Viking DNA and the pitfalls of genetic ancestry tests”

Grimsvotn volcano is on a yellow alert, with a nasty explosive attitude and a history of large ash clouds impacting the North Atlantic

To see Viking articles, click here. By: Andrej Flis A smaller-scale lava eruption continues in Iceland, with little harm outside the eruption area. But a much larger volcano is currently getting close to an eruption in Iceland. It is a much more violent, explosive volcano, with historical impacts on life in Europe and the Northern Hemisphere.Continue reading “Grimsvotn volcano is on a yellow alert, with a nasty explosive attitude and a history of large ash clouds impacting the North Atlantic”

These Iron Age Swedish Warriors Were Laid to Rest on Luxurious Feather Bedding

To see more Viking articles, click here. By Livia Gershon Researchers say the various types of bird feathers used may hold symbolic significance. More than a millennium ago, two Iron Age warriors in Sweden’s Valsgärde burial ground were sent to the afterlife in boats equipped with helmets, swords and shields. To ensure the pair’s comfort, new research publishedContinue reading “These Iron Age Swedish Warriors Were Laid to Rest on Luxurious Feather Bedding”

Did a Viking Woman Named Gudrid Really Travel to North America in 1000 A.D.?

To see more Viking articles, click here. By Sarah Durn The sagas suggest she settled in Newfoundland and eventually made eight crossings of the North Atlantic Sea. More than 1,000 years ago, a woman named Gudrid sailed off the edge of the map with her husband and a small crew, landing in what the Vikings called Vinland and what isContinue reading “Did a Viking Woman Named Gudrid Really Travel to North America in 1000 A.D.?”

Vikings Once Called North America Home

To see more Viking articles, click here. Centuries before Columbus, a small band of Norse people explored the Canadian coast. For now, the only proof is a single settlement. Here’s what’s known about how the Vikings came to North America, where they landed and why they left. By Cody Cottier Vinland, or the “land of wine,”Continue reading “Vikings Once Called North America Home”