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Danelaw XIV: Market Day at Jorvik

The People's Barony of Bryn Madoc invites you to join us on September 30 - October 2, 2005 at A.H. Stephens State Park for Danelaw, Market Day at Jorvik!

Viking hoard found in Norway by five-year-olds

While playing in their yard, three five-year-old boys from northern Norway found a silver buckle and a necklace with a dragon motif that have surprised many archaeologists. The pieces are identified as Viking jewelry and date back to 800-900 CE.

Archaeologists Studying Turku, Finland's Ancient Capital

A team of archaeologists has begun excavations around the cathedral church in Turku, once the capital of Finland. The original church was built there in 1300.

Micel Folcland

Micel Folcland is the Wisconsin-Indiana-Illinois branch of Regia Anglorum, an organization that recreates British history from 290 to 1066 CE. The main focus is Viking, Anglo-Saxon and Norman cultures, but others found in the British Isles during the appropriate time period are acceptable as well.

Popsicle Stick Longboat

Ship builder Robert McDonald has entered the record books by constructing a 15-meter Viking longboat of 15 million ice cream sticks. The ship, which took two years to build, was launched in Amsterdam harbor.

Beowulf to Premiere in Toronto

Director Sturla Gunnarsson will be attending the world premiere of Beowulf & Grendel, the latest film based on the Anglo-Saxon saga, at the Toronto Film Festival September 8-17, 2005.

Viking Skeleton Found in Dublin

The remains of a young man, believed to have died of a spear wound in the 10th century, were discovered recently at Golden Lane in the city of Dublin, Ireland.

Viking ship built with 15 million ice cream sticks

Robert McDonald, former Hollywood stuntman, has built a replica of a Viking longship from 15 million ice cream sticks.

Elves Halt Construction in Iceland

Efforts to remove several large rocks from a construction site in Kopavogur, Iceland, have led to strange happenings, leading residents to believe that the elves who live in the rocks don't want their homes destroyed.

Abandoned "Skidbladner" to Find Permanent Home in Shetland Islands

The Skidbladner, a 26 meter replica of a Viking longship, abandoned after a failed attempt to sail to North America, will find a new home on Unst, the most nothernly of Scotland's Shetland Islands.

Burnt Village Wares

Burnt Village Wares is a merchant source for all things Norse -- swords, knives, axes, spears, throwing knives & axes, chain mail, jewelry, handcrafted items, drinking horns.

1,000-Year-Old Church Discovered in Norway

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a nearly 1,000-year-old church in Skien, Norway, the country's oldest found to date. The discovery may prove that Christian conversions occured earlier than expected.

German Arms Aided Viking Raids

New research shows that Viking raiders were armed by German weaponsmiths who sold their wares to the 9th century Norse.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land! June 13 - 22, 2006 Incipient Shire of Ma’ale Giborim Israel

Unto the members of the Knowne Worlde, the Incipient Shire of Ma’ale Giborim extends an invitation to All and Sundry to a most unique event; a ten-day trip to the Holy Land of Israel, whereupon you will visit ruins, excavations, sites and buildings spanning a Biblical to Ottoman timeline.

Shop in the Arab Shuk in the Old City of Jerusalem, visit the ancient monasteries scattered throughout the north and west, enjoy horseback riding near the Horns of Hittim and partake in a feast in a Crusader castle. Wade in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, swim in the Sea of Galilee and stroll along the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. To see a more complete itinerary, and our Shire FAQ (which addresses concerns about travel to Israel), please go to www.sca-israel.org

Deadline for reservations: March 1, 2006.

Historical Fiction: Vikings in the New World

Stuart W. Mirsky has written an historical novel about the Norse in North America circa AD 1050 (after Leif Eiriksson is believed to have traveled here).

Vikings on the Ouse

Last February several longboats full of intrepid Vikings sailed up the River Ouse to claim the City of York.

Were Vikings Guilty of Ethnic Cleansing?

Did the Vikings drive natives from the isles? New evidence suggests that Viking settlers to Scotland's islands may have waged a genocidal campaign against the native people.

Desperate Viking Housewives?

New evidence reveals that Viking housewives may not have been desperate at all, but may have traveled to new settlements with their husbands.

The Mummy Returns! Bodies from the Bogs

Archaeological examinations of naturally-preserved bodies retrieved from bogs provide valuable insights into the daily lives and cultural values of ancient civilizations. Dame Aoife takes us on a tour in this week's installment of Aoife's Links.

Viking Re-enactors to Train in Missouri

The Norsa and the Vikings-na reenactors are sponsoring a training session in June that will be open to all, veterans and newcomers alike, to learn about Viking Age re-enactment.

June Training Event

The Vikings - NA and Norsa Proudly present the June Training event in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA June 23-26, 2005.

Help Wanted: Friendly Vikings

The Midgard Historical Center in Vestfold County, Norway, is seeking a few good Vikings to interact with visitors and create an authentic atmosphere.

How Good of a Viking Are You?

Would you have been a good Viking? Test your skills in an online game from the BBC.

Brigid's Forge

Brigid's Forge is a silversmith merchant featuring Celtic, Norse, and Pagan themed jewelry and accessories. Located in the state of Mississippi, this is a family business founded in 1991.

Scientists Link Climate to Viking Violence

A new study shows a colleration between "difficult social periods" discussed in Viking sagas and unusually cold weather patterns.

Viking Telescope

Research on lenses discovered at a Viking archaeological dig on the island of Gotland provides evidence that the Norse may have had sophisticated navigational instruments as early as the 11th century.

Norway's Oldest Church Discovered

Norwegian archaeologists are excited by the discovery of what is probably the country's oldest church. Located in the city of Skien, the church is believed to have been built in the 11th century.

Viking Logboat Added to York Museum

A 1,000-year-old Viking boat, constructed from an oak log, has been given a place of prominence in the Yorkshire Museum's Jorvik Viking Festival holiday showcase.

10th century Viking market found in Cumbria

Archaeologists believe they have discovered a 10th Century Viking market in Cumbria, orginally thought to have been a burial ground.

Ansteorran Longship Company featured in History Channel documentary

A living history group, the Ansteorran Longship Company, and their ship are featured in a documentary that will air on The History Channel in late February. Ironically, they are portraying not Vikings but Phoenicians.