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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.

Icelandic dig to be subject of Discovery Channel program

Filmmakers from the Discovery Channel are working with archaeologists to produce a series focusing on "findings in Hringsdalur and in Skriduklaustur, an old monastery in east Iceland." The series is scheduled to air in 2008.

Baby Viking hat

For the knitters out there: Bella Knitting is selling patterns for an infant's knitted Viking hat -- complete with braids!

Vikings and Their Enemies: a call for papers

ARC Network for Early European Research will present a symposium at the University of Melbourne November 24, 2007 entitled Vikings and Their Enemies. Proposals for papers are being accepted until October 1, 2007.

Sea Stallion reaches Ireland

After several serious set-backs, the Viking ship Sea Stallion has reached Dublin, Ireland. The ship, with its 65-member crew, left Denmark on July 1, 2007 for the historic voyage.

Viking ship towed

In an update on the Sea Stallion, a replica Viking ship heading from Norway to Ireland, the BBC reports that the ship was becalmed and needed to be towed.

Viking boat to be lifted from Irish river

A longboat, dating to the Viking era, is soon to be lifted from the River Boyne in Drogheda, Ireland. It is the first such discovery in Ireland.

Father and son treasure hunters discover Viking treasure worth UK£1M

Father and son metal detector team David and Andrew Whelan unveiled a glittering haul of gold and silver Viking treasure in a North Yorkshire field, hailed as the most significant find of its kind in England for more than 150 years.

Popsicle stick Viking ship to sail in the Netherlands

"Pick up your ice-cream sticks, send them to me and I will put them to use," said stuntman Robert McDonald to kids on a radio show. What he built from the 15 million sticks was a 15-metre Viking ship.

An Inca in Sarpsborg

Archaeologists in Oestfold, Norway are trying to understand how an Inca Indian came to be buried in the Norwegian city in the 11th century.

Voyage of the Sea Stallion

On July 1, 2007, a crew of 65 men and women set sail from Denmark to Dublin on a reconstructed Viking warship called the Sea Stallion. The project's goal was to recreate the journey of the Viking raiding parties.