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

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.

Beowulf Film to Benefit American Cancer Society

A new production Beowulf: Prince of the Geats, is planned to be shot in Norway with hopes of raising US$1 million for the American Cancer Society.

Danish Archaeologists in Search of Vikings in Iran

Archaeologists from Denmark are investigating links Vikings and Irans on the shores the Caspian Sea in Iran.

Ansteorran Longship Company

The Ansteorran Longship Company is a Texas-based group that celebrates and recreates Scandanavian culture and history, including Viking folklore and traditions. The group's members are largely drawn from the SCA's Barony of Bjornsborg. Each year the Company helps to host a large Viking Fest in Waco, Texas.

GeoTimes: Geologist Believes Kensington Rune Stone May be Authentic

The debate continues. Scott Wolter, a geologist and president of American Petrographic Services in St. Paul, Minnesota, believes that the markings on the famous Kensington Rune Stone date from 1700 or earlier.

Barony of Storvik Investiture

Come and join the Barony of Storvik on a Joyous occasion. As Baroness Johanna has been called to assist her aged Parents and Grandparents in their waning years. To this end a new Baron and Baroness, Lord Sean and Lady Elizabeth, will be invested with all pomp and circumstances on the 26th of March, 2005.

Finland's "Kalevala" Still has Influence in the Modern World

New York Times reporter Cori Ellison looks at the influence of the "Kalevala," Finland's national epic, on modern culture.

Archaeologists Express Excitement Over Britain's "Most Important Viking Burial Site"

Metal detector hobbyists in Cumbria, England may have found the country's "most important Viking burial site."

Jelling Dragon

The Jelling Dragon is a purveyor of Roman, Viking and other medieval replicas, including swords and weapons, armor, jewelry, leathercraft, eating utensils, and clothing and accessories.


Shrewwood sells uniquely carved items with an eye to the past in horn, antler, wood, leather, amber and bone. Designs are influenced by Celtic and Scandinavian Dark Age artifacts.


Urweg specializes in Nordic-themed items, including jewelry, hairpieces, belts, pouches and bags, and drinking horns.

Deansway Research Report Documents City's History

The Council of British Archaeology has published Excavations at Deansway, a report documenting the excavations beneath a British shopping center that revealed the city's past from Roman times through the Middle Ages.