The Vikings did not always set out with war in mind. Finds of large cargo ships and wealthy trading towns give a more nuanced picture of the period. It was a time in which trading in everything from slaves to silk and iron flourished. Finds of Arabic silv
L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, Canada - an archaeological site on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland discovered in It is the only known site of a Norse or Viking village in North America outside of Greenland.
Shipwreck found with Viking sun stone An oblong crystal found in the wreck of a English warship is a sunstone - Icelandic spar, a near-mythical navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners, researchers said on Wednesday.