10 Viking Artifacts You Didn’t Know Existed

10 Viking Artifacts You Didn’t Know Existed

Most of the artifacts we encounter online and in history books focus on war: swords, shields, helmets, and other artifacts of warfare. Less focus is placed on everyday items, such as, interestingly enough, tweezers. Yet, everyday items offer us a far better glimpse...
How the Viking longship came to be

How the Viking longship came to be

In 1880, two young men from Sandefjord, Norway set out on an expedition on the family farm armed with a couple of shovels and an old family legend. They had heard a king had been buried with his ship under a mound on their property, and they wanted to know if the...
How Often did the Vikings Drink from Drinking Horns?

How Often did the Vikings Drink from Drinking Horns?

Modern portrayals of the Vikings seem to be obsessed with horns, particularly in regards to those worn on the head (as part of the helmet) and those used for drinking. While the former has been proven false time and again – the Vikings did not wear horns – the second...
Viking Armor: What did the Vikings Wear Into Battle?

Viking Armor: What did the Vikings Wear Into Battle?

If modern movies and TV shows were any guides, they would have us believe the Vikings were some kind of leather-clad biker gang. Costume designers, thankfully, are not authoritative on the subject of medieval arms and armor. Their goal is flair, and to draw the eye....
The Swedish Vikings: Who Were the Rus?

The Swedish Vikings: Who Were the Rus?

Scandinavia at the beginning of the Viking Age appears to have shared a common culture, as shown by the archeological record, but it later diverged into several distinct groups. As I discussed in my previous blog about the difference between the Danish,...