Archaeologists confirm a saga

Here's where the well that's now been excavated had been lying at Sverresborg in Trondheim, for centuries. PHOTO: NIKU/Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research

Excavations in Trondheim of a well from the 1100s have allowed archaeologists to confirm the story behind a saga from the time. Excavation leader Anna Petersén of the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) says she’s overwhelmed by what she and her team have found. “In all my years in archaeology, this is one […]

Vikings were relatively well-groomed

New research indicates that Vikings from Norway, Sweden and Denmark paid more attention to their appearance and were better groomed than their rumours may have implied. Long hair, a long beard and a frightening countenance have formed the image of invading Vikings. “They are the dirtiest of God’s creations,” wrote Arab author Ibn Fadlan after traveling […]

Archaeologists to dig into Oslo garden

Norwegian archaeologists think that treasures from the Iron Age and the Viking Age may be lying under the grass of a residential neighborhood in Oslo. They’re about to start digging, into what may be an intact Iron Age grave in the midst of stately old homes at Ullevål Hageby. The leafy Ullevål Hageby neighborhood is one […]

Viking craze hits ‘net, film and books

Vikings are no longer a cause of fear and loathing but instead have become rather trendy and “super pop,” according to a recent rush of coverage in Norwegian media. Vikings are starring in books, TV shows, film and now a website that’s collecting all the buzz. Called “The Happy Viking,” the website describes itself as […]

Viking sword found in Telemark

A farmer at Hjuksebø in the county of Telemark says it was just a matter of luck and coincidence that he hadn’t destroyed a Viking sword with his plowing over the years. The sword was found just before the weekend at his lakefront farm south of the city of Notodden. Local newspaper Telen reported that […]

Police probe sheep heads mystery

The decapitated heads of nearly a dozen sheep were found mounted on stakes around four historic sites in Vestfold County over the weekend. Police launched an investigation into who or what is behind the macabre stunt. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the bloody sheeps’ heads were found around Borrehaugen in Horten, Slottsfjellet in Tønsberg, at […]

Norway’s oldest city even older than thought

The Norwegian city of Tønsberg, about an hour’s drive southwest of Oslo, was believed to have been founded around 1100 AD. Now archaeologists think it’s at least 200 years older, following drilling tests around the downtown area. The city isn’t far from where Norway’s famous Oseberg Viking ship was excavated, and now it appears Tønsberg […]

Viking ship sunk near Shetland

A replica Viking ship known as Dragens Vinge (“The Dragon’s Wing”) has sunk on its way from Norway to the Shetland Islands in Scotland, with seven people needing to be rescued by emergency services. The boat, built based on methods used in the thirteenth century, left Sandnes in south-west Norway on Monday. But reports of […]

30 Viking graves found in Setesdal

Norway's Viking heritage remains important to Norwegians, as illustrated by the traditional boat-building techniques used by craftsmen here in another area of Norway, at Bjørkedalen between Volda and Nordfjordeid. PHOTO: Kurt Haugli

Thirty graves believed to originate from the Viking period have been discovered in the valley of Setesdal, southern Norway. The major discovery earlier this summer was made in connection with a road project in the area. Newspaper Aftenposten reports that the burial area, near the settlement of Langeid, was first found in June as part […]

Ancient coin confirms saga

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A rare German coin – a silver pfenning from the Harz mountains – was found during an excavation at Avaldsnes on Karmøy, close to Stavanger on the southwest coast. The coin confirms references in Snorre Sturlason’s ancient norse king saga to a royal estate during the time of Harald I of Norway, also known as […]