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Secrets of the Viking Sword
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings' rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the "Mystery of the Viking Sword."

A Production of NOVA and National Geographic Television in association with Pangloss Films, LLC.

© 2012 NGHT, LLC and WGBH Educational Foundation



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Chicago: “NOVA; Secrets of the Viking Sword,” 08/09/2012, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_620F69EE7BF142BC8E2B7DDA02BF5F42.
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APA: NOVA; Secrets of the Viking Sword. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_620F69EE7BF142BC8E2B7DDA02BF5F42
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