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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)

Viking halls may help rewrite Norwegian history

Norwegian historians are rethinking the distribution of power in Viking Norway after the recent discovery of two massive Viking halls in Borre. The halls date to around 700-800 C.E. (photos)

"Far Traveler" on NPR's not-to-miss list

On the Christmas Eve 2007 All Things Considered radio program, reviewer Lynn Neary spoke with Laura Miller of Salon.com and blogger Mark Sarvas of The Elegant Variation about which books from 2007 should not be missed. Included was The Far Traveler by Nancy Marie Brown.

Controversial heraldic lion altered

The Swedish military has altered the symbol of the Nordic Battlegroup's coat of arms, an intact heraldic lion, after protest from female soldiers.

[MER] Jour d'Amour III: Viking Love

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You are invited to attend Jour d'Amour III: Viking Love and experience a weekend of fun and friends. Get your team together for the IRON GARB II competition! We are also hosting a skaldic competition and a tablet weaving contest. Come see the beautiful Valkyries escort heroic warriors off the field of battle!

As this year's event has a Viking theme, many of Shire of Drakenmere will be wearing Viking garb to help set the stage. We invite all who wish to participate by wearing Viking garb to please do so! If you need some simple patterns for ladies' wear, they can be found here: Viking Apron (can be worn over a simple T-tunic or over the Viking Underdress), Viking Underdress, Viking Cap. Viking brooches and other accessories can be found at Raymond's Quiet Press and other places on the Internet. Location:
Shire of Drakenmere (Flovilla, Georgia)

Viking embroidery articles online

The Renaissance Store/Chivalry Sports has added a pair of articles on Viking embroidery by Gael Stirler to their archive.

DNA and linguistic studies show Liverpool's Viking heritage

Researchers believe that the area around Liverpool, England was a Viking settlement. Their findings are based on original surnames and DNA evidence.

What happened to the Greenland colonists?

For decades, researchers have debated the cause for the disappearance of the Norse colonists in Greenland. Where they massacred? Assimilated? Or did they starve? Now scientists think they have the answer.

"Perfect" 17th century shipwreck found in the Baltic Sea

A well-preserved ship dating to the 17th century has been discovered in the icy waters of the Baltic Sea. The ship is believed to have been a Dutch merchant vessel.

University of Melbourne cancels Viking Studies program

The Medievalist.net blog reports that after more than 60 years, the University of Melbourne has cancelled its Viking Studies program. The program included instruction in Viking history and the Old Norse language.

Norstead Grand Opening photos and video online

Halv of Norsa reports that photos from the Norstead Grand Opening Event are now available to view online. Norsa is a Viking Age Living History group based in the central United States.

"Harrogate Hoard" wows archaeologists

"The most important Viking find in Britain in 150 years" has just been discovered in a Yorkshire field. Among the over 8,500 objects found was a rare silver gilt cup, one of only two in existence.

Viking symposium in Melbourne, November 24, 2007

On November 24, 2007, the University of Melbourne in Victoria will present Vikings and Their Enemies: A Symposium from 9.45am - 5.30pm at the Wood Theatre.

Roman Copenhagen

Danish archaeologists have discovered a rare 4th century Roman cemetery near Copenhagen, Denmark. "It is something special and rare in Denmark to have so many (ancient Roman) graves in one place," said archaeologist Rune Iversen.

Mysterious runestone identified

Experts believe that they have identified a mysterious runestone discovered under the floor of Hausken Church in Rennesøy, Rogaland, Norway.

[GLE] Survivor: Valhalla

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The Shire of IronOx proudly presents... Survivor: Valhalla January 18-20, 2008 Camp Henry Jacobs in Utica, MS

Fees:
Before Dec 21
Dorm w/ Feast Tent w/ Feast Daytrip w/ Feast
Adult $20.00 $16.00 $12.00
Child (under 12) $12.00 $10.00 $6.00

After Dec 22
Dorm w/ Feast Tent w/ Feast Daytrip w/ Feast
Adult $22.00 $18.00 $14.00 Location:
Shire of IronOx (Utica, Mississippi)

Instant Viking Kit

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your little raider? Consider Viking Age Vessels' Instant Viking Kit which features the essential for any Viking expedition: seachest, knife, belt, jewelry and garb.

Viking ship in a bottle is a labor of love

Eduardo Raffaelli of Buenos Aires, Argentina documents the construction of an authentic Viking longship based on the Skuldelev 5 ship from the Roskilde fjord.

Archaeologists find Viking Norwich

Archaeologists working in Norwich, England have discovered city walls dating back to Viking times. “Our finding gives us the old geography of the city and lets us look at the history of the defensive mechanisms used in Norwich at the time," said Andy Hutcheson, archaeology manager for NAU Archaeology.

Viking clothing found in Pskov, Russia

Peter Beatson has published an extensive online report detailing the work of researchers E. Zubkova, O. Orfinskaya, D. Likhachev on the discovery of Viking-age textiles in three chamber graves in Pskov, Russia in 2006.

[DRA] Knick Knack

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The Shire of Polderslot likes to invite you all to our yearly Knick Knack event. But be aware! We've heard rumors that Knick Knack will be invaded by the Vikings this year! So, go fetch your bull's horn and your bead necklace and come in your best Viking outfit to our lovely Shire of Polderslot.

The vikings are best known for their battles, so a Viking event wouldn't be a Viking event whitout a fighting contest to find out who is the bravest, strongest and most resourcefull fighter in the kingdom! BUT, as we will build some mythical element into this contest, this will not be your ordinary everyday fighting contest. Location:
Shire of Polderslot (Ommel, Netherlands)

Djurhamn sword brings smiles to archaeologists

The discovery of an early 16th century sword has brought smiles to the faces of Swedish archaeologists Katarina Schoerner and August Boj. The sword was found with a metal detector August 30, 2007 near the Harbour of the Sheaf Kings. (photos)

1,000-year-old Viking treasure found in Swedish garden

Over 60 silver coins from Europe, central Asia, and the Middle East have been found in a vegetable patch on the island of Gotland, Sweden. The discovery proves the extent of trade or looting of the Vikings.

Chicago Viking ship threatened - you can help

A replica Viking ship, a remnant of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, has been added to the list of the 10 most endangered landmarks in Illinois. You can help by voting to save the ship.

"Devil's Bible" goes home to Prague

After 359 years in Stockholm, the Codex Gigas, also known as the Devil's Bible, has been returned to the Czech National Library in Prague for an exhibition. The book was supposedly written 800 years ago with the help of the devil.

Viking ship resurfaces under UK pub.

A team from Nottingham University's archaeology department believes it has rediscovered the remains of an intact Viking boat under a Merseyside pub.

Birkana Coded Decimal Slide Rule

A web page blending modern-ish mathematics with period writing systems will amuse the technically-inclined among us: the Birkana Coded Decimal Slide Rule.