Vikings weren't all blond — or even Scandinavian, study finds

Vikings weren't all blond — or even Scandinavian, study finds

Not all Vikings were from Scandinavia, not all were blond and a significant proportion were probably Scottish, according to a genetic study. The results of a six-year project throw doubt on the modern image of Vikings as brutal pirates who travelled only from Scandinavia to pillage and raid their way across Europe. DNA sequencing of more than 400 skeletons from Viking Age sites in Europe and Greenland has shed new light on what we know about their life. According to a paper published in the journal Nature, male skeletons from a burial in Orkney were not genetically “Viking” at all, despite being buried with swords and other Viking artefacts. The study traces the routes travelled by Vikings who set out from what are now
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