New research reveals new information about the Viking age. 2000 years of genetic data reveal a lot about society in Scandinavia.
The findings show that the Vikings living in Scandinavia moved a lot and did very different things at that time. During this time, there are more than just locals. People came from different regions. However, this non-native population did not have much influence on the gene pool of the Scandinavian population.
Different people from different regions came to Scandinavia in the Viking age. Research is generally done on graves. Analyses are made from chamber tombs and boat tombs from the Viking period. Scientists examine the research over a 200-year period.
Baltic, British, Irish and southern European genes were found in the Scandinavian gene pool. There were people of English and Irish ancestry in the Viking age. Baltic ancestry existed in Sweden. Also, Uralic descendants were present among the Vikings, perhaps even in the pre-Viking period.
The gene from the British-Irish Islands left an indelible mark on the Vikings.It is unknown when the Ural lineage arrived. Future gene research and new data will reveal a lot.
When did the Viking Age start and end?
The Vikings were a community that lived in Scandinavia between 793-1066 AD, which corresponds to the middle ages. The Vikings were a warrior people. They always traveled overseas to rich towns and monasteries and conquered there.
Their first raids began in A.D. 791. Their targets were initially small, wealthy towns in the British Isles. T The most well-known raid occurred in Lindisfarne, where they plundered.
Then gradually, the raids expanded and went to different countries. They even saw Newfoundland in the late 900s. In their last days, they withdrew from North America towards the end of the 11th century, and wars began in England and the Vikings began to retreat.