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Ancient DNA sheds light on Viking origins, travels

Enlarge / Modern reconstruction of a Viking longboat. Dun.can / Flickr A recent study of ancient DNA sheds light on who the Viking groups were and how they interacted with the people they met. The Viking Age, from around 750 to 1100 CE, left a cultural and economic impact that stretched from the coast of …

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Archaeologists find a way to look for ancient beer

Enlarge / Barley grain used in the production of beer at the Asahi Kanagawa Brewery in Japan. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg/Getty Images Over the last few years, archaeologists have learned a lot from ancient people’s dirty dishes. Microscopic residues clinging to the inside of potsherds contain chemical traces of ancient food and drink, which have revealed remarkable …

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