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Tuesday 11 September



Historian Neil Oliver heads for Scandinavia to reveal the truth behind the legend of the marauding Norsemen - the Vikings - from their point of view.

Neil begins by exploring the remote world of the Vikings’ ancient ancestors, to discover how they came to be at all. From the wild Atlantic coast of Norway, to frozen islands in the glassy Baltic Sea and the fertile plains of Denmark, Neil will re-discover the prehistoric world from which the Vikings emerged.

Archaeologist Neil will examine the remains of weapon-filled war-boats, long-haired Bronze Age farmers and a Swedish site of a royal palace, complete with gruesome pagan rituals which conjure up the very lives of the people who inhabited a land that shaped the Viking Age.