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'NOVA: Vikings Unearthed'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)

Overview: They were pioneering warriors, expert seafarers, and colonists of the North Atlantic realm. The Vikings even claimed in their sagas to have reached America. Now, renowned archaeologist Sarah Parcak uncovers new clues about their legendary expeditions and settlements.

DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, and shame on you, whoever you are, Vikings (Norwegian and Danish: Vikinger; Swedish and Nynorsk: Vikingar; Icelandic: Víkingar), from Old Norse víkingr, were Norse seafarers, speaking the Old Norse language, who raided and traded from their Scandinavian homelands across wide areas of northern, central and eastern Europe, during the late 8th to late 11th centuries.

The term is also commonly extended in modern English and other vernaculars to the inhabitants of Viking home communities during what has become known as the Viking Age. This period of Norse military, mercantile and demographic expansion constitutes an important element in the early medieval history of Scandinavia, the British Isles, Ireland, France, Kievan Rus' and Sicily.

Basically put, and as this PBS documentary clearly shows us, The Vkings enjoyed, amongst other things, bloody raids, merciless pillaging, and loathsome invasions! The Vikings are infamous for their fearsome conquests-but they were also expert seafarers, skilled traders, and courageous explorers. As aforementioned, they traveled far and wide, crisscrossing the known world from Scandinavia to Europe and into Asia, leaving a trail of evidence that suggests they were far from just vicious warriors.

Through stunning CGI recreations and careful investigation of archaeological evidence, Vikings Unearthed unravels the secrets of these intrepid adventurers.

And now, new evidence is coming to light that these pioneering people may have ventured even farther than previously suspected. Renowned space archeologist Sarah Parcak takes up the case, tracing the trail of the Vikings, and what she discovers just might rewrite history. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.