No swords required: fight for Viking treasures online, May 12

Vikings get a bad rap. Of course, some of that is deserved; there’s no nice, polite way to raid a village. But the long-ago, long-vanished people who called themselves Vikings – the Scandinavians who reside in what is now Denmark, Sweden, and Norway – behaved in ways that might seem surprising. Archaeologists now believe Vikings bathed as often as once a week, in contrast to their southern European counterparts. It makes sense, then, that Vikings liked to adorn their bodies with alluring jewelry. Jasper52‘s Viking, Ancient, & Medieval Jewelry sale, which begins at 2 pm Eastern time on May 12, provides ample evidence of this last fact.

24K Viking gold coil ring, estimated at $400-$500

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