VIDEO: Watch a young viking learn how to identify the proper tree to build a ship, nail the craft together, and set off on a journey around Europe.
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Swift and deadly, the Vikings dominated the seas of northern Europe from the late eighth century to the 11th. Their ships—technological feats used for exploration, trade, warfare, and even burials—were integral to the lives of the formidable raiders. Attacking in small groups at first, fleets in the later Viking age could number 250 ships or more.
Read “What You Don’t Know About the Vikings” from the March 2017 issue of National Geographic Magazine.
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