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‘First of its Kind’ Viking Age Shipyard Discovered at Birka, a Swedish World Heritage Site

To see more Viking articles, click here. BY FRANCESCA ATON Archaeologists from Stockholm University discovered the remains of a Viking Age shipyard, the university announced Wednesday, while excavating at Birka, known as Sweden’s first town. The find sheds light on the organization of the Viking’s maritime activities. Established during the mid-8th century C.E., Birka is one of theContinue reading “‘First of its Kind’ Viking Age Shipyard Discovered at Birka, a Swedish World Heritage Site”

A picture of Leif Eirksson's statue in Reykjavík, Iceland

Viking Age Iceland: Closing the Frontier

This 62 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: Closing the Frontier”

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

To see more Viking articles, click here. A long-anticipated recalibration of radiocarbon dating could shift the age of some prehistoric samples hundreds of years. By Nicola Jones Radiocarbon dating — a key tool used for determining the age of prehistoric samples — is about to get a major update. For the first time in sevenContinue reading “Carbon dating, the archaeological workhorse, is getting a major reboot”

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