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DNA study reveals fate of Irish women taken by Vikings as slaves to Iceland

The mapping of DNA from some of the settlers who colonised Iceland more than 1,000 years ago offers an insight into the fate of thousands of slaves – mostly women – who were taken by Norse Vikings from Ireland and Scotland before they put down roots on the North Atlantic island.

The Sea Stallion from Glendalough, a reconstructed Viking ship [Credit: Eric Luke]Anthropologist Sunna Ebenesersdóttir, of the University of Iceland and the…

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