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Were Norsemen Tattooed? Evidence of Ink on the Rugged Rusiyyah

August 5, 2019 - General
Modern representation of a Viking with a tattoo.

Did the Norsemen of Scandinavia have tattoos? Did runic script adorn their arms as they sailed their longships down fjords? While material remains offer few clues, one piece of historical evidence says ‘yes’ – at least for those Varangians who plied the Volga with their trade goods, traveling throughout Russia, Central Asia, and even down to the Middle East.


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