Beads Found in 3,400-year-old Nordic Graves Were Made by King Tut’s Glassmaker

By Philippe Bohstrom, Posted on haaretz.com, Mar 09, 2016 Cobalt glass beads found in Scandinavian Bronze Age tombs reveal trade connections between Egyptians and Mesopotamia 3,400 years ago — and similar religious rituals.   Stunning glass beads found in Danish Bronze Age burials dating to 3400 years ago turn out to have come from ancientContinue reading “Beads Found in 3,400-year-old Nordic Graves Were Made by King Tut’s Glassmaker”

Viking Age Iceland: Iceland’s Settlement

This is Part 3 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: Iceland’s Settlement”

Gods Of Iceland: Baldr, The Really Hot & Perfect One

To see more Viking articles, click here. Words byIona Rangeley-Wilson; Photo by18th Century Icelandic Manuscript Superpowers: Really hot, has a big ship, really hot, did I mention he’s hot?Weaknesses: Mistletoe, obviously.Modern Analogue: Annoyingly handsome privileged frat boy who you can’t even hate because he’s nice. Baldr was the god of beauty, light, purity, joy, and basically every otherContinue reading “Gods Of Iceland: Baldr, The Really Hot & Perfect One”

A Viking Mystery Beneath Oxford University, archaeologists have uncovered a medieval city that altered the course of English history

Written by: David Keysin SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2010 Before construction could begin on new student housing at one of Oxford University’s 38 colleges, St. John’s, archaeologists were summoned to investigate the site in January 2008. After just a few hours of digging, one archaeologist discovered the remains of a 4,000-year-old religious complex—an earthwork enclosure,Continue reading “A Viking Mystery Beneath Oxford University, archaeologists have uncovered a medieval city that altered the course of English history”