The Viking experiment

In the online version of Archaeology Magazine, Andrew Curry studies re-enactors who took part in the Viking Festival in Wolin, Poland by joining their game.

"Crouched in the stern of a Viking longship, I feel remarkably unprepared. The shirtless, helmeted raiders rowing us at full speed up the Dziwna River are all heavily armed. Even the full-bearded captain standing at the rudder swearing profusely in Polish has a huge knife hanging from his belt. What am I doing heading into a sea battle armed with nothing but a notebook and a camera?"