A short piece from Heritage Daily summarizes research by Neil Price of Aberdeen University into Viking-period burials.
Aside from these literary work [sagas], Professor Price suggests that the grave assemblages of the Viking Age may be used to tell stories and provide an insight into the Viking conscious. There is an “infinite diversity of Viking Age burial,” he says, and whilst certainly there are similarities, these common aspects are ‘themes’ for the burial stories to be played out. So how do these stories take place?
If you scroll to the bottom, there are links to YouTube videos of three of Price’s lectures.