A 1765 painting of Helios, the personification of the sun in Greek mythology.
The sun was worshiped as a deity in many cultures – and witnessing it get extinguished could be a particularly terrifying event.
How a widow battled back against the Vikings and became one of the most powerful figures in Britain.
Somehow the sword Excalibur becomes the central character in this laddish remake of the Arthurian legend.
Late Viking Age Swedish rune-stone commemorating a man called Víkingr.
Swedish National Heritage Board, Photo Bengt A. Lundberg
What the Old Norse for Viking can tell us about the Scandinavian explorers.
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Trump would not have had a great time navigating the political intrigue presented in the Icelandic Sagas.
The Last Kingdom. BBC/Carnival/Des Wille
New research suggests his military achievements might have been exaggerated.
Kirkwall harbour, Orkney.
Orkney's ultra-high incidence has been linked to the weak northern sun. So how come the more northern Shetlands are less afflicted?
There’s something in the water.
The reach of the Vikings in England went further than we thought.
With Vikings on trend, it's high time for a masterclass on the bizarre world of their names.
Leif Erikson discovers America.
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A bold theory suggests the Vikings may have used a mysterious method of studying sunlight to navigate the oceans.
One of the stalagmites used in this study. The blue-green fluorescence is due to the light from the camera flash.
Stalagmites in Scottish preserve 3,000 years of climate history, suggesting human migration is linked to wet and dry periods.
Viking funerals remain shrouded in mystery.
Why an intrepid trio went to the Isle of Eigg armed with Viking shields and poetry to recreate a funeral ceremony from 1000 years ago.
Yorkshire: not in the top five distinct areas.
Researchers have created the finest-scale genetic map of any country in the world.
“Yes it’s a new thing we’re trying out, it’s called ‘international trade’.”
The connections between technology, urban trading, and international economics which have come to define modern living are nothing new. Back in the first millennium AD, the Vikings were expert at exploring…
Mum’s gone to Iceland.
The traditional picture of Vikings is one of boatloads of hairy men pillaging their way along the coasts of Europe. Though true to some degree, this stereotype has more recently been tempered with the…
Metal detecting enthusiast Derek McLennan’s recent discovery of Viking-age artefacts at a site in Dumfries and Galloway is both spectacular and impressive. Not only did he uncover a hoard of Viking-age…
What does a 21st century Viking look like?
The Vikings have arrived at the British Museum. This exhibition, the first of its kind for decades, is notable for its scale and ambition. That there is sufficient demand is unsurprising, given the recent…
Researchers from Coventry University have uncovered complex social networks within ancient Icelandic manuscripts which debunk…
Irish monks and Pictish warriors were probably here before the Vikings.
Gareth Codd Photography
The Faroe Islands could have been inhabited 500 years earlier than was previously thought, according to a startling archaeological…