Why Did the Vikings Leave Greenland?

Why Did the Vikings Leave Greenland? The Vikings are remembered as fierce fighters, but even these mighty warriors were no match for climate change. Scientists recently found that ice sheet growth and sea-level rise led to massive coastal flooding that inundated Norse farms and ultimately drove the Vikings out of Greenland in the 15th century. … Continue reading Why Did the Vikings Leave Greenland?

British or Irish reached the remote Faroe Islands before Vikings

British or Irish reached remote Faroe Islands before Vikings People from Britain or Ireland may have reached the remote Faroe Islands before the Vikings, according to new evidence. Historically, the North Atlantic archipelago was part of the Viking world and its inhabitants speak a language derived from Old Norse. Now, evidence has emerged that people … Continue reading British or Irish reached the remote Faroe Islands before Vikings

Viking sword discovered on Papa Westray, Orkney has ‘many stories to tell’

Viking sword discovered on Papa Westray, Orkney has ‘many stories to tell’ A Viking sword found at a burial site in Orkney is a rare, exciting and complex artefact, say archaeologists. The find, made in 2015 on the northeast coast of Papa Westray, is being carefully examined as part of post-excavation work. Archaeologists have now identified … Continue reading Viking sword discovered on Papa Westray, Orkney has ‘many stories to tell’

Goodbye, Columbus: Vikings crossed the Atlantic 1,000 years ago

Goodbye, Columbus: Vikings crossed the Atlantic 1,000 years ago Long before Columbus crossed the Atlantic, eight timber-framed buildings covered in sod stood on a terrace above a peat bog and stream at the northern tip of Canada’s island of Newfoundland, evidence that the Vikings had reached the New World first. But precisely when the Vikings … Continue reading Goodbye, Columbus: Vikings crossed the Atlantic 1,000 years ago

Viking Longhouses Detected Near Norway’s Gjellestad Ship

Viking Longhouses Detected Near Norway’s Gjellestad Ship Norwegian archaeologists said Monday they have found a cluster of longhouses, including one of the largest in Scandinavia, using ground-penetrating radar in the southeastern part of the country — in an area that researchers believe was a central place in the late Nordic Iron Age. The longhouses — … Continue reading Viking Longhouses Detected Near Norway’s Gjellestad Ship

Vikings were in North America in 1021, researchers say

Vikings were in North America in 1021, researchers say Vikings from Greenland — the first Europeans to arrive in the Americas — lived in a village in Canada’s Newfoundland exactly 1,000 years ago, according to research published Wednesday. Scientists have known for many years that Vikings — a name given to the Norse by the … Continue reading Vikings were in North America in 1021, researchers say

English cave may have ties to king-turned-saint and Viking invasion, archaeologists say

English cave may have ties to king-turned-saint and Viking invasion, archaeologists say Archaeologists in England have identified a near-complete Anglo-Saxon cave house, which, they say, may once have been the home of a king who became a saint. Thought to date from the early 9th century, the dwelling in the central English county of Derbyshire … Continue reading English cave may have ties to king-turned-saint and Viking invasion, archaeologists say

Viking-Era Coins Discovered on the Isle of Man

Viking-Era Coins Discovered on the Isle of Man A metal detectorist who made another astonishing find last year uncovered a Viking era “piggybank” of silver coins on the Isle of Man. Former police officer Kath Giles discovered the 1,000-year-old fragments in a field in the north of the island. Details of the 87 coins, which … Continue reading Viking-Era Coins Discovered on the Isle of Man