Archaeologist Neil Oliver visits Istanbul to see for himself why the Vikings made the long and treacherous journey to trade in its exotic markets. The sights and smells of this city have changed little since it was known as Constantinople. At the holy site of Aya Sofya he finds ancient runes etched into stone by a Viking who once came there – the equivalent of graffiti today. In Sweden he uncovers evidence of a once thriving Viking settlement where goods from all over the world were traded and in Helgo he discovers an amazing collection of treasure which once belonged to a single Viking family. These priceless objects show how far the Vikings had come since they ventured out on their first raids.
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