Ten fun facts about Vikings
Vikings made bread from whole meal flour but often it contained seeds of cornfield weeds.
Items that have been discovered in the Viking diet included the seeds of carrots, parsnip, and brassicas.
Vikings ate mostly beef, mutton, as well as pork. Small amounts of horsemeat were consumed as well.
Their ships allowed the Vikings to travel as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland, and as far south as Nekor.
This period of Viking expansion, known as the Viking Age, constitutes an important aspect of the medieval history of Scandinavia, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia, and the rest of Europe.
The Vikings employed wooden longships with wide, shallow-draft hulls, allowing navigation even in rough seas or in shallow river waters.
Vikings reached the city of Baghdad, the center of the Islamic Empire.
The majority of runic inscriptions from the Viking period is found in Sweden and date from the 11th century.
Vikings under Leif Ericson, heir to Erik the Red, reached North America and set up short-lived settlements in present-day L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland, and Labrador, Canada.
The Vikings explored the northern islands and coasts of the North Atlantic, ventured south to North Africa and east to Russia, Constantinople, and the Middle East.
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