NOVA

Why Did These Vikings' Bones Appear Older Than They Are?

Clip: Season 46 Episode 10 | 2m 18s

Archaeologists discovered a mass grave of what they thought to be ninth-century Vikings. But for some reason, the radiocarbon dates of their bones, found by measuring a radioactive carbon isotope, appeared much older.

Aired: 05/22/19

Rating: NR

Problems Playing Video?

National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS viewers.