According to a recent study by Luise Ørsted Brandt and colleagues of the University of Copenhagen, during the 10th century the Vikings saw beaver fur as a luxury item. Experts knew that fur was valuable to the Vikings, but they didn’t know which types of fur were used, until now: beaver fur was a hot commodity during A.D. 800 to 1050, used not only for warmth and comfort but as a status symbol. Read more on