Viking Grave Discovery In Sweden Leaves Archaeologists Stunned

By David Nikel A member of the Arckeologerna team at the grave site in Sweden. ARCKEOLOGERNA, NATIONAL HISTORICAL MUSEUMS Swedish authorities have announced the first Viking boat grave discoveries in the country in more than 50 years. Archaeologists taking part in a routine dig in Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala), 46 miles (74km) north of Stockholm, were shocked asContinue reading “Viking Grave Discovery In Sweden Leaves Archaeologists Stunned”

Carbon dating, the archaeological workhorse, is getting a major reboot

A long-anticipated recalibration of radiocarbon dating could shift the age of some prehistoric samples hundreds of years. By Nicola Jones Researchers use data from tree rings, sediment layers and other samples to calibrate the process of carbon dating.Credit: Philippe Clement/Arterra/Universal Images Group/Getty Radiocarbon dating — a key tool used for determining the age of prehistoricContinue reading “Carbon dating, the archaeological workhorse, is getting a major reboot”

Archaeologists Have Discovered the Skeletons of ‘Badass’ Warrior Women in Mongolia, Dating Back to the Period of Mulan

The archaeologists made the discovery while excavating a cemetery in northern Mongolia. By Sarah Cascone Archaeologists found these skeletons of two people buried in an ancient tomb in Mongolia. The woman (left) may have been a horse-riding, bow-and-arrow-wielding warrior. Photo by Christine Lee. Archaeologists have discovered the remains of what appear to be two 1,500-year-oldContinue reading “Archaeologists Have Discovered the Skeletons of ‘Badass’ Warrior Women in Mongolia, Dating Back to the Period of Mulan”

For the First Time in a Century, Norway Will Excavate Viking Ship Burial

Archaeologists racing to save the rare vessel from fungal attacks hope to begin work in June Norwegian officials plan to excavate this rare Viking ship burial site. (Photograph by Erich Nau / NIKU) By Nora McGreevy Norwegian archaeologists are set to carry out a full excavation of a buried Viking ship for the first time in moreContinue reading “For the First Time in a Century, Norway Will Excavate Viking Ship Burial”

Melting Ice Has Uncovered Hundreds of Ancient Viking Artifacts and a Previously Unknown Trade Route in Norway

A trove of Viking artifacts have come to light thanks to a warming climate, proving that a mountain pass served as an important trade network. By Sarah Cascone Members of the Secrets of the Ice team surveying the Lendbreen pass. Photo by Johan Wildhagen, Palookaville. A trove of about 800 Viking artifacts, some frozen inContinue reading “Melting Ice Has Uncovered Hundreds of Ancient Viking Artifacts and a Previously Unknown Trade Route in Norway”