The find of two Viking ships and 41 Vikings killed in battle on the Estonian Island of Ösel, Finland puts a question mark to the beginning of the Viking age. It may have started fifty years earlier than believed.
The Vikings did not always set out with war in mind. Finds of large cargo ships and wealthy trading towns give a more nuanced picture of the period. It was a time in which trading in everything from slaves to silk and iron flourished. Finds of Arabic silv