Tag: Antiquity

Odin – The One-Eyed Wise God Of The Norse Mythology

Odin (originally known in Old Norse as Óðinn and in Old English as Wōden) is one of the most important divinities in the Norse mythology. He is part of the Æsir branch of gods along with (among others) Frigg (his wife; the goddess of wisdom), Baldr (his son with goddess Frigg; god of justice), Thor (his son;…


The Viksø Helmets – Denmark’s Sacred Artefacts From The Bronze Age

The Viksø helmets are some of the most reputed and prominent artefacts dating from the Bronze Age in Denmark. These ancient relics were discovered in 1942 on the site of a bog called Brøns Mose located westward of the small town of Veksø on the island of Zealand.  These two helmets were dated from the…


The Goths: The History Of A Forgotten Ancient People Of The North

Historical background (ancient history/early medieval history) The Goths were a Germanic-speaking population of Northern Europe who considerably contributed (alongside other Germanic and Slavic peoples of the Migration period) to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD. Their geographic origins are rather debated by many contemporary historians. Although it is clear…


Athletic Vikings – How The Norsemen Started Skiing 6,000 Years Ago

Skiing is a very popular sport in the mountain regions of the world nowadays. It is mainly practiced for fun by many amateurs, but also professionally, and is quite noteworthy for such countries as Norway, Sweden, France, Germany, Austria or the United States when it comes to the Winter Olympics. The etymology of this sport…


Cats Voyaged With The Vikings On Their Longships, Genetic Study Reveals

According to the most important study on the genetics of the cats that was presented at the International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology in Oxford, United Kingdom, in late September, 2016, it has been revealed that our cuddly feline companions migrated to Eurasia and Africa concomitantly with the first human farmers. Furthermore, the same research highlights the fact that…