Did vikings really burn their dead in boats on the water? How stark was the divide between vikings, Picts and Britons? And what's up with all the blue face paint?
The Viking Age in Scotland spanned from the late 8th century AD to the 13th century. Pop culture depictions of this period double down on warfare, rigid identities and iconic imagery including longships and battleaxes. But how accurate is this view of the Viking Age?
Content warning: footage includes depictions of violence and funerary rituals
Viking-age movies, shows and videogames in this video include Vikings, Assassin's Creed: Valhallla, The Last Kingdom, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, The 13th Warrior, and Senua's Saga: Hellblade II.
If you enjoyed this video, let us know in the YouTube comments and our social media channels what subjects you would like to see our experts break down next. Stay tuned!
Learn the full story of the Viking Age in Scotland in Dr Adrián Maldonado's book, 'Crucible of Nations: Scotland from Viking Age to Medieval Kingdom'. Available in our shop and book stores near you.Buy from our shop