Science and the Vikings
Lecture by Stephen Harding
Given at the Largs Viking Festival on September 1, 2016
Professor Harding draws attention to the contribution of physics, chemistry, and technology to our knowledge of the Vikings, to our understanding of Viking ships and navigational aids, and to developing more effective ways of conserving the many artefacts that have been found. He also explains the importance of genetics and DNA analysis in tracking the movement of Scandinavian populations and links this to Viking place names and the Viking surnames of people living in various parts of the northwest of England and elsewhere.
Stephen E. Harding is Professor of Applied Biochemistry at the University of Nottingham, and is also a specialist in Viking history. Click here to visit his university webpage.