Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-09-02 10:56
A rare gold ring, possibly belonging to a monk or a sheriff, has been discovered in a grave near Skriduklaustur, Iceland. Gold rings are an uncommon find in Icelandic archaeology.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-08-26 17:58
In your heart are you a Viking? Here's your chance to prove it to the world. The heavy metal group is sponsoring a Viking video contest in which entrants are encouraged to "Create a video of yourself and your friends inspired by Viking lore!" Caution: No raping, pillaging or burning of churches allowed!
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-08-21 09:05
A romantic comedy set in the world of Viking re-enactment? It's true. The film is Faintheart and it's scheduled for release in the UK in September 2008. View a trailer online.
Submitted by Vallawulf on Wed, 2008-08-20 18:11
Nils Olav, a king penguin residing at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, was knighted by the King of Norway for his long service to the military.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-08-20 14:44
Chris Abram of the Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College London has created a website to cover news and resources in the field of Medieval Scandinavian Studies.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-08-04 18:10
Del Cover Woodworking, a one-man furniture business in San Diego, California, has created an amazing Viking hammock, the perfect place of repose for a Viking king.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-08-03 07:51
A team of Swedish and English archaeologists have excavated a 9th century Viking ship burial which has shed new light on the life and beliefs of the pre-Christian Norse.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-07-25 12:37
The July 2008 issue of Smithsonian Magazine features a cover story on last year's voyage of the Viking replica ship Sea Stallion. The ship is scheduled to return to Denmark this summer.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-07-13 18:53
New research on the bones of monks interred in six Danish cemeteries shows that the brothers may have been exposed to toxic mercury while copying Biblical texts. Mercury was used in the preparation of red ink.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-07-06 18:09
Norwegian archaeologists are abuzz over the discovery of a 9th century Iranian silver dirhem, one of the earliest Middle Eastern coins found in Scandinavia. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-07-06 14:20
Jeff Lukovich takes visitors on a unique tour of Newfoundland's Viking sites in an article for Canada.com.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-07-04 18:11
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.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-07-01 17:24
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.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-06-24 16:55
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.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-06-13 13:38
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-06-12 20:19
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.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-06-09 18:35
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-06-05 14:14
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-06-01 17:25
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-05-24 11:28
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).
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-05-22 15:06
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)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-05-17 16:57
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.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-05-08 10:51
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-05-04 11:24
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.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-05-02 17:25
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.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sun, 2008-04-27 11:45
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.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-04-22 10:39
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.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sun, 2008-04-20 07:50
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."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-04-11 12:04
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-04-05 12:05
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