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Viking Raider Saint’s Lost Shrine Rediscovered

Archaeologists believe that they have found the original shrine of the Viking king turned Saint, Olaf Haraldsson. This unlikely Saint spent his early years as a Viking raider before being baptized into the Roman Catholic church in 1013.

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Second North American Viking Settlement Discovered

Prior to this latest discovery, the only known viking settlement in North America was Newfoundland in Canada. Continue reading “Second North American Viking Settlement Discovered”

On this Day: Ragnar Lodbrok begins siege of Paris

On this day : March 29 AD 845 Ragnar Lodbrok having sailed by the river Seine with 120 ships carrying about 5,000 vikings began the siege of Paris. Continue reading “On this Day: Ragnar Lodbrok begins siege of Paris”

845 – Paris is sacked by Viking raiders

29 March

The Siege of Paris and the Sack of Paris of 845 was the culmination of a Viking invasion of the kingdom of the West Franks. The Viking forces were led by a Norse chieftain named “Reginherus”, or Ragnar, who traditionally has been identified with the legendary saga character Ragnar Lodbrok. Ragnar’s fleet of 120 Viking ships, carrying thousands of men, entered the Seine in March and proceeded sailing up the river. The West Frankish king Charles the Bald assembled a smaller army in response, but as the Vikings defeated one division, comprising half of the army, the remaining forces retreated. The Vikings reached Paris at the end of the month, during Easter. After plundering and occupying the city, the Vikings finally withdrew after receiving a ransom payment of 7,000 French livres (2,570 kilograms or 5,670 pounds) of silver and gold from Charles the Bald. Continue reading “845 – Paris is sacked by Viking raiders”

Detectorist finds 1,100 year old crucifix in Denmark

On Friday March 11th Dennis Fabricius Holm was out searching with his metal detector and made an exceptional find. Continue reading “Detectorist finds 1,100 year old crucifix in Denmark”

DNA hunters have opened Viking grave in Normandie

Norwegian researchers have finally got to open the tomb of the Viking leader Rollo’s descendants, and have extracted teeth in the hopes of retrieving DNA. Continue reading “DNA hunters have opened Viking grave in Normandie”

Hiker finds 1,200 year old Viking sword

A hiker travelling between western and eastern Norway, by means of an ancient route sat down for a rest after fishing and discovered a Viking sword Continue reading “Hiker finds 1,200 year old Viking sword”

Retro recipe: Viking Apple Bacon

Ingredients:

400 g (1 lb) bacon, fresh or cured
1 tbsp lard or butter, if needed
2 onions, sliced
2-3 apples, cored and sliced
pepper
a few whole cloves Continue reading “Retro recipe: Viking Apple Bacon”

Viking ‘sunstones’ put to the test

Archaeologists have discovered what appears to be a Viking navigational sundial. Continue reading “Viking ‘sunstones’ put to the test”

Viking outpost in Canada

Archaeologist Patricia Sutherland has been putting together a compelling case for the discovery for the second viking outpost ever discovered in the Americas. Whilst working on the Island of Baffin Sutherland found whetstones containing cupric-alloy traces, indicating the presence of bronze which was unknown to the native inhabitants but used by the viking metalsmiths.

Earlier excavations in the 1960’s uncovered parts of a stone and sod building which archaeologist Moreau Maxwell described as difficult interpret led Sutherland to suspect the presence of vikings.

In addition Sutherland has, since 2001, discovered a number of artefacts pointing to the presence of vikings, including : yarn, building remains, a whalebone shovel and  pelt fragments.

Viking fortress about to be excavated near Copenhagen

Last September the Viking age fortress was discovered in Denmark for the first time in 60 years, Continue reading “Viking fortress about to be excavated near Copenhagen”

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