Now, when the crowd sang traditional songs about kings of the sea and dragon boats, torch bearers pulled the boat into a field. When the Viking leader gave the signal, a rain of torches set the boat on fire.
The fire spread to the mast, embers soared into the night sky. On the sidewalk, the children stomped their feet, dancing in excitement.
Though centuries past, images of the Viking warriors and their boats still live in the fantasy worlds of filmmakers, novelists and comic book authors.
Today, we can easily search for stories about Vikings in this fantasy world – how they fight and celebrate, where they live and how they die. But what do we really know about the Vikings? Who are they, how do they view the world, and what is their life like?
Now, with cutting-edge technology – from satellite imagery to DNA research and isotope analysis – archaeologists and scientists have come up with surprisingly new answers.
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