A brief overview of the history of Orkney, from early Pictish origins to Viking settlement, and a tour of Orkney's neolithic sites and standing stones such as Stenness, a site similar to Stonehenge
Ship sizes in the Viking Age varied according to use. King Aelfred had some of the biggest ships of the age. Trading vessels were broader and higher for cargo, warships longer and lower for speed.
A brief history of Man, its Celtic and Norse crosses and an array of kings from the 9th-12th Centuries (some of which are shrouded in mystery).
Sea battles nowadays are 'long-distance' affairs - you never see your enemy until you capture him or he has you. In Viking times a sea battle meant hand-to-hand fighting, close-up and personal!
The origins and given duties of the 'huscarls' after introduction to England by Knut Sveinsson. After the Conquest the survivors are understood to have left England for the eastern Mediterranean.
The gods of the northern world explained, their functions, where they lived and - in brief - what adventures they got up to.
The Vikings from raiders and traders to empire builders, Europe could not have been the same without them. Russia could never have influenced the east, Britain would have stayed a peaceful backwater.
Are some people innately superior to others? Many certainly thought so in times past. Bigoted assumptions and ethnic stereotypes - examples of attribution error - tend to fade with knowledge. See how.
A Viking hoard, covered by a lead sheet, found near the Lancashire coast tells of 9th C conflict between King Aelfred and his nephew Aethelwold. Rare coins and arm-rings from the Danelaw and Jorvik.
Small beginnings in Northern Scandinavia, one kindred crosses Norway, over sea to Shetland and Orkney. Warring Viking clans push toward the Scottish mainland to further their own dreams.