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Iron-Age Norwegians liked their bling

Seen from the air, the peninsula that is home to the mid-Norway town of Ørland and the nation’s Main Air Station, looks like the...

Vikings were pioneers of craft and international trade, not just pillaging

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 these very issues.

Viking women travelled too, genetic study reveals

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 appreciation of Vikings as explorers and settlers, founding colonies from the Black Sea to Canada.

What did the Romans ever do for us? They left a water warning

As all good Monty Python fans know, water technologies feature large in the legacy of benefits left by Roman civilisation.

People of The Heath – Petersfield Museum’s Heath Barrow Project

This exciting four-year project was initiated by The Petersfield Museum to enable historians and archaeologists to understand who designed, constructed and venerated a collection of Bronze Age Burial Mounds.

Richard III Society grant for medieval masculinity PhD research

If you found yourself up against Henry VIII at a jousting tournament, it might have been advisable to let the king win. It proved to be a good career move for Charles Brandon. He was a fantastic jouster, able to beat all his opponents…except Henry. However, he did end up as a Duke and married the king’s sister.

Highest altitude archaeological sites in the world explored in the Peruvian Andes

University of Calgary archaeologist investigates human capacity for survival in extreme environments.

Roman-Britons had less gum disease than modern Britons

The Roman-British population from c.200-400 AD seems to have had much less gum disease the what we experience today, according to a new study of skulls at the Natural History Museum led by a King’s College London periodontist. The startling findings provide further evidence that modern habits such as smoking can be detrimental to oral health.

Genomic data support early contact between Easter Island and Americas

It is possible people may have been making the trip from Easter Island to the Americas a long time before the Dutch commander Jakob Roggeveen arrived with his ships in 1722, according to new genomic evidence demonstrating that the Rapanui people living on that most isolated of islands had significant contact with Native American populations hundreds of years earlier. The findings reported that the Cell Press journal Current Biology yesterday provide the first genetic evidence for such an early trans-Pacific route between Polynesia and the Americas, an impressive trek of over 4,000 kilometers (nearly 2,500 miles).