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Half the population of the Viking-town Sigtuna were migrants, study finds

New analysis of the remains of 38 people who lived and died in the Swedish town of Sigtuna between the 10th and 12th centuries reveals high genetic variation and a wide scale migration.

Sko-Ella: The Woman Worse than the Devil

What is it that you truly desire? How far are you prepared to go to get it? Would you, say, treasure it even more than your immortal soul?

Örebro Castle: History, Secrets, and Romance

For anyone who visits Örebro, it is hard to miss its castle – an ancient-looking fortress made of weathered grey stones that stands on an islet in the middle of the city centre.

The Vasa: Gustav II Adolf’s Glorious and Doomed Warship

On the 10th of August 1628, the Vasa sank in Stockholm harbour, thus ending the career of the most powerful warship that Sweden had ever seen.

5th-century massacre site uncovered by archaeologists

Archaeologists working on the Swedish island of Öland have uncovered evidence showing dozens of men were massacred about 1,500 years ago.

Uppsala Slott: 5 Things You Ought to Know About One of Sweden’s Greatest Castles

This strategic location not only makes the castle a majestic sight, but also earns it the reputation as the most modern defence fortress in its time. But, as all ancient buildings, there is always more than meets the eye. Here are the five things that you may not know about Uppsala Castle.

A female Viking warrior confirmed by genomics

Already in the early middle ages, there were narratives about fierce female Vikings fighting alongside men. Although, continuously reoccurring in art as well as in poetry, the women warriors have generally been dismissed as mythological phenomena.

The Medieval Magazine (Volume 3, No. 13) : Vikings!

In this issue: Vikings, zombies, medieval music, stew, and celebrating 600 years of London’s history.

Student Life in the Medieval University: The Swedish Experience

What was it like to attend a university in the Middle Ages?

Major Viking Age manor discovered in Sweden

Birka, Sweden’s oldest town, has long been a major source of our knowledge about the Viking Age. New geophysical research has now uncovered the ninth-century manor of a royal bailiff at this site.

Medieval Mass Media and Minorities

The portrayal and (mis)use of the figure of the Jew and the Muslim in vernacular sermons and wall paintings from medieval Denmark and Sweden.

Did People Ice Skate in the Middle Ages?

How did medieval people pass the time during the coldest part of the year? I came across several instances of medieval people strapping on skates and taking a twirl (or a tumble!) on the ice. Here is how it all began!

Stable isotopes as indicators of change in the food procurement and food preference of Viking Age and Early Christian populations on Gotland (Sweden)

In short, the end of the Viking Age may have involved a suite of environmental, economic, and sociocultural changes, yet despite these changes practices of food preference and food procurement were maintained within the coastal site of Ridanas. Our research contributes to archaeological th

How Much Taxes Did a Medieval Peasant Pay? The numbers from Sweden

A new study on taxation in late medieval Sweden has revealed fascinating details about how much peasants had to pay to the royal government in taxes.

Viking dragon’s head discovered in Sweden

Archaeologists from Sweden and Germany have discovered a little dragon’s head while digging in the port of the Viking town of Birka near Stockholm.

The building of Castles and the administration of Sweden

Throughout Sweden the King began to build castles on the basis of foreign models in the middle of the 13th century. It is about the new art of castle building under Anglo-Norman and German influence.

The Rök Stone – Riddles and answers

Challenges to the mind were popular at the Frankish court at the time of the Rök Stone. Due to the political situation in Scandinavia at that time the stone was made in a combined Swedish and international context. The methods of the stone are clearly influenced by the Frankish renaissance initiated by Alcuin of York.

The Medieval Saints of Sweden and Denmark

There is a clear link between the celebration of native saints and the ecclesiastical organisation that emerged in Scandinavia in the 12th century. Yet, according to a new doctoral thesis in history from the University of Gothenburg, important differences can be noted between Sweden and Denmark.

Witchcraft Trials In Sweden: With Neighbours Like These, Who Needs Enemies?!

Everyone has “that” neighbour on their floor, or street who they’d secretly love to move to Mars and never see again. Well, the Early Modern Swedes had a way of dealing with those kinds of nasty neighbours…

The Lost Shoe: A Symbol in Medieval Scandinavian Ballads and Church Paintings

Tommy Olofsson examines the Clog Man, a medieval wall painting in a Swedish church – what was it really about?

Viking Hall discovered in Sweden

A Viking feasting hall measuring about 47.5 metres in length has been identified near Vadstena in central Sweden.

Medieval glass artefacts shed new light on Swedish history

Archaeological finds of glass material from Old Lödöse, a Swedish trade centre in the High Middle Ages, call for a revision of the country’s glass history.

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