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Despite their fierce reputation, Vikings may not have always been the plunderers and pillagers popular culture imagines them to be. In fact, they got their start trading in northern European markets, researchers suggest.

Combs carved from animal antlers, as well as comb manufacturing waste and raw antler material has turned up at three archaeological sites in Denmark, including a medieval marketplace in the city of Ribe. A team of researchers from Denmark and the U.K. hoped to identify the species of animal to which the antlers once belonged by analyzing collagen proteins in the samples and comparing them across the animal kingdom, Laura Geggel reports for LiveScience. Somewhat surprisingly, molecular analysis of the artifacts revealed that some combs and other material had been carved from reindeer antlers.... Given that reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) don't live in Denmark, the researchers posit that it arrived on Viking ships from Norway. Antler craftsmanship, in the form of decorative combs, was part of Viking culture. Such combs served as symbols of good health, Geggel writes. The fact that the animals shed their antlers also made them easy to collect from the large herds that inhabited Norway.

Since the artifacts were found in marketplace areas at each site it's more likely that the Norsemen came to trade rather than pillage. Most of the artifacts also date to the 780s, but some are as old as 725. That predates the beginning of Viking raids on Great Britain by about 70 years. (Traditionally, the so-called "Viking Age" began with these raids in 793 and ended with the Norman conquest of Great Britain in l066.) Archaeologists had suspected that the Vikings had experience with long maritime voyages [that] might have preceded their raiding days. Beyond Norway, these combs would have been a popular industry in Scandinavia as wela: It' s possible that the antler combs represent a larger trade network, where the Norsemen supplied raw material to craftsmen in Denmark and elsewhere.

Question 3 : All of the following hold true for Vikings EXCEPT

  1. Vikings brought reindeer from Norway to Denmark for trade purposes.
  2. Before becoming the raiders of northern Europe, Vikings had trade relations with European nations.
  3. Antler combs, regarded by the Vikings as a symbol of good health, were part of the Viking culture.
  4. Vikings, once upon a time, had trade relations with Denmark and Scandinavia.

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Explanatory Answer

The passage does not say the Vikings brought reindeer, as such, from Norway, but that they brought artifacts made from reindeer antlers.

The other options are easily verified to be true from the passage.

The question is "All of the following hold true for Vikings EXCEPT"

Hence, the answer is Vikings brought reindeer from Norway to Denmark for trade purposes.

Choice A is the correct answer.


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