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When geneticists did DNA testing of the small, homogeneous, inter-related Icelandic population, they were surprised to find out that far from being 100% Viking as assumed, the Icelanders were 1/3.... Irish! These genes came from slaves raided from the Irish and Scottish coasts and brought to Iceland before 1100.     Íris Sif Ragnarsdóttir by Étienne Ljóni Poisson, via Flickr    http://www.flickr.com/photos/otsebmi/2821846259/#

When geneticists did DNA testing of the small, homogeneous, inter-related Icelandic population, they were surprised to find out that far from being 100% Viking as assumed, the Icelanders were 1/3.... Irish! These genes came from slaves raided from the Irish and Scottish coasts and brought to Iceland before 1100. Íris Sif Ragnarsdóttir by Étienne Ljóni Poisson, via Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/otsebmi/2821846259/#

Belt pouch. Bronze, fur and paper. The bronze mountings of a belt pouch are attached to paper fastened onto squirrel fur. Grave find, Björkö, Adelsö, Uppland, Sweden.

Belt pouch. Bronze, fur and paper. The bronze mountings of a belt pouch are attached to paper fastened onto squirrel fur. Grave find, Björkö, Adelsö, Uppland, Sweden.

Vikings (Sweden). 'There are still real, live Vikings, and you can visit them at one of Sweden’s most absorbing attractions. An evocative ‘living’ reconstruction of a late–Viking Age village, Foteviken Viking Reserve was built on the coast near the site of the Battle of Foteviken. You can tour all of these, check out the great meeting hall, see a war catapult and buy Viking-made handicrafts.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/sweden/skane/sights/historic-site/foteviken-viking-reserve

Vikings (Sweden). 'There are still real, live Vikings, and you can visit them at one of Sweden’s most absorbing attractions. An evocative ‘living’ reconstruction of a late–Viking Age village, Foteviken Viking Reserve was built on the coast near the site of the Battle of Foteviken. You can tour all of these, check out the great meeting hall, see a war catapult and buy Viking-made handicrafts.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/sweden/skane/sights/historic-site/foteviken-viking-reserve

Viking gold ring by arnybo, via Flickr    NGLISH: Gold ring from the viking age, found in Naustdal, Western Norway. Exhibited in Bergen museum.

Viking gold ring by arnybo, via Flickr NGLISH: Gold ring from the viking age, found in Naustdal, Western Norway. Exhibited in Bergen museum.

Brooch in the Form of a Bird of Prey, 500–600 Vendel; made in Scandinavia Copper alloy with silver   This crouching bird of prey, usually identified as an eagle, is thought to represent Odin, the supreme god of war and battle in Nordic mythology. The design is an early example of the sort of animal motifs that become so important in Viking art.

Brooch in the Form of a Bird of Prey, 500–600 Vendel; made in Scandinavia Copper alloy with silver This crouching bird of prey, usually identified as an eagle, is thought to represent Odin, the supreme god of war and battle in Nordic mythology. The design is an early example of the sort of animal motifs that become so important in Viking art.

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