Stone Age artifacts revered by Vikings

When archaeologists first unearthed Viking graves and ship burials, they dismissed the importance of Stone Age artfacts in much later burials. Now researchers are taking another look, one that seems to suggest the importance of "antiques" in Viking life.

Archaeologists, such as Olle Hemdorff of the Archaelogical Museum in Stavanger, now believe that the Norse felt Stone Age objects had magical qualities which could bring luck and protect the dead in the afterlife. The stones were even taken with the Vikings to Iceland.