Ansteorran Longship Company featured in History Channel documentary

A living history group, the Ansteorran Longship Company, and their ship are featured in a documentary that will air on The History Channel in late February. Ironically, they are portraying not Vikings but Phoenicians.

Kurtis Productions, working under contract to The History Channel, has produced a documentary about the fall of Atlantis. In the production, Viking reenactors from the Ansteorran Longship Company modified their ship, Skelmir "The Rogue" so that Viking-looking items like the dragon-head prow were removed or concealed. Dressed in what member Ivarr Runamagi describes as "unauthentic Phoenician costumes and some really bad wigs", the crew of four portrayed the crew of a hypothetical Phoenician ship that was near Atlantis on the day of the city's demise.

Master Rognvaldr, Lord Khalil, Lord Wulfgar, and Rognvaldr's son, Kevin, were the four crew members who spent a chilly day standing around in costumes more suited to Mediterranean warmth. According to Ivarr Runamagi, they learned that acting in a video documentary is "a lot of work, boring, tedious, and unfortunately cold."

Ivarr Runamagi says that it is unfortunate that the crew were not portraying the Viking culture that is their normal focus, but that they were glad of the publicity and hope to work with The Discovery Channel or The History Channel again on other productions.

The Ansteorran Longship Company plans to post an album of photos taken during the video shoot, on the group's web site.

The Atlantis special is tentatively scheduled to air on The History Channel on February 21, 2005, at 21:00 U.S. Central Time.