In 1894, a curved metal rod was discovered in a 9th-10th century female grave in Romsdal, Norway. Scholars have debated its intention for years, shuffling between theories that it was a "fishing hook or a spit for roasting meat", before realizing in 2013 that it was likely a form of a magic wand. Why did they take so long?
Find out what really happened on Viking Funerals. Read the historical description of a high-chief funeral arrangements, straight from an eyewitness, the X Century Ambassador from Baghdad Ahmad Ibn Fadlan.