Crawford Lab members Ben Raffield and Dr. Mark Collard are the authors of a new paper that gives an evolutionary anthropological perspective on the infamous Viking raids of the Late Iron Age.
The press has picked up on the story, and it is has been mentioned on several websites of note:
Telegraph: “Viking Raiders were only trying to win their future wives’ hearts”.
The Daily Mail: Bloodthirsty pillagers? No, the Vikings who invaded Britain 1,000 years ago were on a mission of love because rich polygamists back home were marrying all the women
LiveScience: The Real Reason for Viking Raids: Shortage of Eligible Women?
Archaeology.org: Vikings May Have Risked Raids for “Wealth and Status”
The full article “Male-biased operational sex ratios and the Viking phenomenon: an evolutionary anthropological perspective on Late Iron Age Scandinavian raiding” appears in the journal Evolution & Human Behaviour.