6th Annual ScanFest of the Carolinas

We welcome you to be part of The 6th Annual ScanFest of the Carolinas

The Vikings: History and Culture

William Short, SCA member and author of the book Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques will speak at the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY, on, October 29, 2009. The presentation will include a discussion of Viking fighting techniques and weapons.

Big Viking hoard in Britain may rewrite the history books

Metal detectorists in England have found a new Viking treasure hoard that is thought to be the most important discovery of this type in 150 years.

Old Norse manuscripts online

The website Wikimedia Commons has digital images of several Old Norse manuscripts available to view online. The site also has brief information about the documents.

Sweden's oldest burial ship found

Archaeologists working on a site near Sunnerby on the island of Kållandsö in Lake Vänern in central Sweden have discovered a 7th century burial ship, the oldest yet uncovered in Scandinavia. The discovery includes animal sacrifices and burial gifts.

Viking video available on Hulu

A 40-minute film: Vikings: Journey to New Worlds is available for free download on the video website Hulu.

Well-preserved Kaupang found in western Norway

A team of Norwegian archaeologists has discovered a well-preserved Kaupang (Viking trading post) in Lærdal, Sogn og Fjordane County in western Norway. The site includes the remains of more than 30 buildings. (drawing)

[EAL] Icelandic Althing

The year is 1009, and from all quarters the people of Iceland are gathering to have disputes heard in the law courts and to heed the wisdom of the Lawspeaker. Artisans will sell their wares, warriors will train with sword, axe, and bow, and chieftains will extend their hospitality to their people.

Fabric Dragon

Fabric Dragon sells many items, but of especial interest to most SCAdians are the linen threads in multiple weights and colors, silk threads in multiple weights, colors, and degree of twist, beads (including those small enough to use easily in embroidery) and pearls of various types.

[MID] Day of the Dragon IX

The Shire of Dragon’s Vale in the Middle Kingdom proudly presents Day of the Dragon IX. Join us for a day filled with heavy fighting, archery, rapier, and thrown weapon events, followed by a copious Viking feast.


Cromwell Community Center
353 Baker St
Cromwell, IN 46732

Merchant space is free, but available on a first-come, first-served basis.

10th century Icelandic cowshed discovered

Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved cowshed dating to the 10th century on a farm near Keldudalur in Skagafjördur, Iceland.

Norse Life and Culture Seminar slated for 2010

Banbharun Siobhan has announced that there will be a Norse Life and Culture Seminar held april 10, 2010 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The event will feature a day of classes and lectures for those interested in Viking/Norse personas.

Danish expert declares Vinland Map genuine

For years, experts have disputed the legitimacy of the Vinland Map, the famous 15th century map which depicted parts of North America many years before its discovery by Christopher Columbus. Now Rene Larsen, rector of the School of Conservation under the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, has declared the map genuine.

Researchers seek identity of 51 beheaded bodies from 10th century England

Archaeologists are continuing to study 51 bodies that were apparently buried naked, with their heads stacked to the side, on a prominent hillside between 890 and 1034 C.E.

Making a Viking Whip-cord

Genevieve d'Aquitaine, of the Kingdom of Atlantia, has created a webpage dettailing how to make a Viking whip-cord, a braiding technique used to make strong cording for ties, lacings, etc.

[MID] Norse Life and Culture Seminar

Announcing, a Norse Life and Culture Seminar April 10, 2010 Canton of Three Hills (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

14th century village discovered in Finland

Archaeologists have found the remains of houses dating to the 14th century in the Espoo district of Mankby, Finland. The discovery has excited the archaeological community, since late medieval villages are a rare discovery in the country.

New Norse settlement found in Canada

Canadian archaeologists are thrilled by the discovery of the remains of a medieval structure, which they believe may be Norse in origin, near Nunavut on southern Baffin Island. If true, this will be only the second Viking structure found in the New World.

Vinland Viking Market

Experience life in an authentic Viking Village. Discover long-forgotten ways of life.

Sweden's first Viking shipwreck found in Lake Vänern

Marine archaeologists believe they have found the first Viking shipwreck ever discovered in Swedish waters. A rib from the ship was found recently in Lake Vänern, the country's largest lake, by the Swedish Coastguard. The rest of the vessel was covered by sediment.

Viking shoe tutorial

The Instructables website has a page on how to make a pair of Viking shoes. The 24-step tutorial includes a template in PDF format.

Beowulf meets Alien in "Outlander"

The Outlander, a film released in January 2009, follows the wreck of an alien space craft in 8th century Norway, releasing a futuristic soldier and a bloodthirsty monster into the Viking world. The trailer is available on YouTube. (video)

[WES] Winter's Gate Captaincy

A call resounds through the forests and hills of our beloved homeland unto the bravest and boldest warriors of the north! The time has arrived once again to select a new Captain of Winter's Gate. Many mighty warriors will fall in the quest to select the most worthy, but it is a sacrifice we are willing to accept, and will honor the fallen with much pomp and circumstance.

Swedish parking marker found to be runestone

Rainy weather, washing mud from a parking lot marker in Sweden, brought about a near "religious experience" for Stockholm County Museum runic expert Lars Andersson, who was able to identify marks on the stone as runes.

A Viking dreams of home

Ray Hamaker has dreams of being a Viking. He shares them in a promotional video for the Granlibakken Resort in Lake Tahoe. The video is on YouTube.

Beowulf - now with klezmer!

Just when you think you've seen - or read - it all, comes this review by New York Times theater critic B Neil Genzlinger of Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, a new production by Jason Craig, at the Abrons Arts Center, accompanied by klezmer music.

[WES] May Revel

The base Earl Tostig Godwinson has sailed for Norway! Rumor has it he has gone to recruit the Viking Harald Hardrada to overthrow his brother, Harold Godwinson, and claim England for his own. Though this is likely a lie spread by northern malcontents, Harold has summoned the fyrd to Yorkshire to confront and re-direct any confused Norwegians.

Mark S. Weiner receives Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Iceland

Law professor and legal history scholar Mark S. Weiner, who currently teaches at Rutgers School of Law-Newark, has received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and undertake research at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. The fellowship will begin in the fall of 2009.

Metal Detectorist Finds Silver Hoard in Denmark

A hobbyist with a metal detector discovered a thousand-year-old hoard of Viking-era silver on the Danish island of Funen.

New Norse clothing book to be published

David Brown Book Company has announced that advance orders are being taken for Medieval Garments Reconstructed: Norse Clothing Patterns by Else Ostergard, Anna Norgard and Lilli Fransen, translated by Shelly Nordtorp-Madson.