Maritime History

Read the latest maritime history from around the world.

Did Vikings Use Crystals to Rule the Seas?

Two Hungarian researchers have used computer simulations to bolster a longstanding theory that the Vikings used chunks of crystal known as sunstones to find their way during inclement weather.

Detail of a Viking Helmet from THE VIKINGS BEGIN Opening at Mystic Seaport in May 2108

Who Owns the Vikings?

Amid a boom in Viking-related TV shows and films — and a corresponding surge in Viking-inspired tourism and advertising campaigns — there is increasing tension and unease over the use of Viking-era runes, gods and rituals.

Is It A Burial Site of the Viking Great Army?

A team of archaeologists discovered a mass grave uncovered in the 1980s dates to the Viking Age and may have been a burial site of the Viking Great Army war dead.

Ancient Roman Shipwrecks Discovered

Underwater archaeologists were surprised to find eight sunken ships from the Roman Empire off the coast of the Greek island of Naxos.