Scandanavian

Sea Stallion to return to Denmark

The Sea Stallion, the replica of the Danish longship which sailed from Denmark to Ireland in 2007, is scheduled to be returned to Denmark for exhibition.

Scandinavians "genetically diverse" for over 2000 years say researchers

A study of Danish burial grounds dating to the Iron Age by a team of forensic scientists from the University of Copenhagen finds that humans were much more genetically diverse than previously believed.

Mercury found in bones of Danish monks

Researchers from several Danish universities have released a study of mercury levels found in the bones of monks interred in two medieval Danish cemeteries. The high levels of mercury have been attributed to the use of the metal as a medicine to treat such diseases as syphilis and leprosy or, in the case of the monks, from red ink used in the monasteries.

Interest in "Viking Heritage" could restart publication

Folo Watkins reports that Viking specialist and former editor of Viking Heritage Professor Dan Carlsson is considering republication of the magazine if there is sufficient interest.

[OUT] Quest for Valhalla

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The Norse Gods have come to life and are running free through the green hills of al-Barran.

In the ways of the old there will be much to do this summer weekend. A QUEST like no other has been planned for all to enjoy. For those who are all about the fighting there will be a Rapier Tournament, Heavy Tournament as well as an Archery Tournament just in case you thought there would be nothing to do. Along with questing, fighting, and much revelry, there will be a most wondrous feast Saturday evening that will leave no one hungry. There will also be a delicious and helpful brunch served Sunday morning. Please contact the food coordinators below with any allergy concerns. Location:
Barony of al-Barran (Tijeras, New Mexico)

DNA recovered from Viking skeletons

LiveScience reports that Jorgen Dissing of the University of Copenhagen claims to have recovered genetic material from 1000-year-old skeletons from the Danish island of Funen. The DNA samples were removed from the teeth of the ancient Vikings.

[AET] Viking Village Demo VIII

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Calling all Vikings! It's time once again to set up our Viking Village at the Annual Jamestown Scandinavian Folk Festival. We would love to have as many people as possible join us in celebrating all things Viking!

This year we continue to work toward having more hands on Viking age activities and demonstrations. There will be prizes for best period display and best Viking garb.

Festival Website: Location:
Shire of Heronter (Jamestown, New York)

The Birka Project information online

One of the most impressive archaeological sites for the Viking Age is Birka at Björkö in Lake Mälaren, Sweden. A website describing the site and its artifacts is available online.

Go a-viking in a real Viking ship!

With gas prices at record highs, why not spend the summer on a different type of vacation? Why not go a-viking? Hugo and Hein Partners is selling a real 75 ft. (20 metre) Viking longship of the Gokstad type (which also runs on diesel fuel).

Viking sword find wows experts on Isle of Man

Dan Crowe and Rob Farrer of the Manx Detectorists Society have found artifacts with their metal detectors before, but nothing quite as dramatic as fragments of a Viking sword, a rare find on the Isle of Man. (photo)

Irish town emerges as Viking trade center

Excavation for a highway by-pass have unearthed evidence of a Viking trading center in Woodstown in County Waterford, Ireland. Over 5,000 artifacts have so far been discovered dating to the year 860.

Germanic society in England may not have been as brutal as once believed

Recent scientific studies have suggested that the Germanic invaders of England may have imposed an apartheid-like system on the native peoples, but an article by John Pattison of the University of South Australia in Adelaide disagrees. "The evidence is compatible with the idea of a much more integrated society," he says.

Vikings acquitted in ritual killing

New evidence pertaining to the death of a Viking woman found in a ship burial disputes the earlier belief that the woman was ritually murdered. "We have no reason to think violence was the cause of death," Per Holck, professor of anatomy at Oslo University, told Reuters after studying the two women who died in 834 aged about 80 and 50.

Rune calendar website

Looking for an interesting A&S project, fan of Nordic studies - or just seeking an interesting way to track time - then visit the Gangleri website for an article on Rune Calendars.

Denmark and Cyprus pay tribute to 12th century king

The countries of Denmark and Cyprus recently banded together to honor a 12th century Danish king who died on the island during the First Crusade.

Viking embroidery

SCA member Þóra Sharptooth has created an extensive online resource for Viking re-enactors including a nicely-illustrated page on Viking Embroidery Stitches and Motifs.

Arabic coins found in Viking treasure trove

Arabic coins were recently found in a huge hoard of Viking treasure discovered recently in Sweden. The coins were part of the "largest early Viking hoard ever discovered in Sweden."

The Vikings return to Nottingham

The Vikings will return to Nottingham, England April 26, 2008 for From Bones to Berserkers -- Vikings Under the Spotlight, the Midlands Viking Symposium 2008 at The University of Nottingham. The program will include presentations by some of the worlds greatest authorities on Norse and Viking culture.

[WES] May Revel: Battle of Maldon

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Hwaet! (With all due deference to our most glorious Baron) The time has come to defend our beautiful lands from the marauding Vikings! The inlet is defrosting and those awful pillagers (apologies Your most excellent Excellency) are preparing to ride.

Since Byrhtnoth is busy elsewhere, we're going to have to take care of this problem (please don't kill the autocrat, most beneficent Baron!) ourselves. So, break out your best early period Location:
Barony of Eskalya (Anchorage, Alaska)

[WES] Vinhold's Baronial Championship

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Vinhold is Invading! Save the sheep! Beware, for Vinhold has taken up arms and a Viking theme for this year's Baron's Championship.

Events to include:

  • Oar dancing
  • Norse riddles
  • "Pig" Spearing
  • Viking themed Soteltie competition
  • Siege cooking competition

There will be prizes for first place in each competition. These events will be run concurrently with our Rapier championship and our Location:
Narony of Vinhold (Napa, California)

Swedish film series deals with Knights Templar

Arn: The Knight Templar, a 2007 Swedish film, is finding a following among fans of historical movies. The film and its sequel, Arn: The Kingdom at the End of the Road, are based on Jan Guillou's trilogy about a fictional Swedish Templar.

Viking blood common in northwest England

Science Daily reveals that a new study by The University of Nottingham, the University of Leicester and University College London proves that Viking bloodlines are still common in the residents of Northwest England.

Viking women had sex appeal

Recent discoveries in a 10th century gravesite in the Russian town of Pskov, Novgorod lead researchers to believe that Viking women dressed more provocatively than previously believed. New research may show that women's garments were open at the front, revealing an underdress with a train in the back.

Crafting a Viking cloak pin

The Instructables website includes a tutorial on how to make a Viking pennannular brooch.

Viking Resources for the Re-enactor

Looking for information on Viking clothing, textiles, cooking, etc.? Thora Sharptooth has created a website entitled Viking Resources for the Re-enactor which deals with these subjects and more.

Viking sites proposed for UNESCO Heritage Sites

Several Viking Age sites around the Baltic Sea have been proposed as UNESCO Heritage Sites. The locations include Haithabu, a village in Germany, and the Dannevirke, a series of earthen walls.

Viking Age research CD-ROM to be available in April

Dan Carlson of the Viking History website has announced that a new research CD-ROM dealing with Viking Age crafts, such as bone and antler objects, will be available in April.

The "DARC" is rising again

The Dark Ages Re-Creation Company, a group "interested in using living history to research aspects of life in Northern Europe during the Viking Age," has become active again.

Life aboard a Viking ship

Nathan Williams of the BBC's Timewatch discusses his voyage on the Viking ship Sea Stallion, which sailed from Denmark to Dublin during the summer of 2007. (photos and diagrams)

[GLE] Newbie Collegium

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RAGNAROK/RAGS-OR-NOT January 19, 2008 Conway, AR - Cold Springs Retreat

What Will Be Happening?
Fighters- (Heavy & Light) Come compete in our Protectorate Tourney!
Heavies- How about an Axe & Round Shield Tourney?! (contact our Fighter
Marshal Ld. Sven the White for specifics)
***Note-Axe & Round Shield will be provided by the Fighter Marshal
Light- Contact Osric for more information. Location:
Shire of Lagerdamm (Conway, Arkansas)