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
The Gilling Sword, a late Anglo-Saxon sword discovered near a stream in Gilling West, Yorkshire in April, by a nine-year-old boy. Ooh, imagine the blisters you'd get from fighting for several hours with that.