DNA study captures Viking "snapshot" of 1000 years ago

The results of the "largest study of ancient DNA from a single population ever undertaken" are in: Iceland was settled by men from Scandinavia and women from the coasts of Scotland and Ireland.

The study, which looked at 10th century Icelandic remains, confirms that the country must have been settled by Viking raiders and their female captives. DNA evidence shows that even modern Icelandic women are more closely related genetically to their sisters in the British Isles.