Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-01-23 11:42
A recent study by a team of Danish-Canadian scientists rules out cold weather as the reason that the Vikings abandoned their settlements in Greenland in the 15th century. When cold destroyed crops, say the experts, the settlers just changed their diets to seal meat.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-01-15 11:13
In the 13th century, Scotland was divided between the Scots on the mainland and the Vikings of the western islands. The struggle that followed brought an end to Viking rule in the country. A new BBC Two program looks at The Last Battle of the Vikings.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-12-27 15:39
One of the theories about the demise of Viking settlers on Greenland was that the Norse were unable to adapt to the island's harsh climate, but Danish and Canadian researchers believe that was not the cause.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-12-22 19:05
Much of the Norse mythology we recognize today comes courtesy of the writing of 13th century Icelandic chieftain Snorri Sturluson. Nancy Marie Brown takes a look at Snorri on her blog God of Wednesday.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-12-17 17:10
Scandinavian museums proudly display artifacts plundered throughout Europe by the Vikings, but now some museum curators ask if these stolen treasures should be returned to their original countries.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-12-12 10:32
On an island in a small river in Norway's Nord-Trøndelag County, archaeologists have discovered a 14th-century copper smeltery. “This is the first evidence that copper was produced from copper ore in Norway during the Middle Ages,” says Associate Professor Lars F. Stenvik, at the Museum of Natural History and Archaeology in Trondheim.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-12-04 13:30
Unlike Hollywood's version of sword fighting, based on fencing, the true Viking fighting style was close in and vigorous. In a short video posted on the Discovery website, a father and son team of professional fight choreographers shows how it was really done.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-12-01 14:18
At a conference in October 2012, archaeologist Patricia Sutherland announced that new evidence has been found of a Viking outpost on Canada's Baffin Island.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-11-26 15:24
Game creator Gregor Vuga reports that he is developing a roleplaying game focusing on the lives of Icelandic settlers in the 10th century CE. Sagas of the Icelanders is an independent endeavor funded by private contributions. A short video explains the project.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-11-13 16:26
Dr Tarrin Wills, from the Centre for Scandinavian Studies, believes that Vikings used their understanding of human psychology to "profile" possible trouble-makers. He recently presented his research at the British Science Festival.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-11-06 19:45
A recent program in the PBS NOVA series explores Secrets of the Viking Sword. The 53-minute program is available to download and view from the NOVA website.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-10-26 18:14
Tavern Tourney / A DAY IN VALHALLA December 8, 2012. Site: Chuparosa Park, 2400 S. Dobson Rd., Chandler, AZ, 85244 which is on Dobson, south of Germann.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-10-24 12:40
Artifacts from an excavation on Baffin Island, Canada have yielded evidence that the Vikings may have had a settlement there in the 14th century. Evidence includes traces of bronze, European-style stonework and tools, Old World rat pelts, and yarn similar to that made in Greenland at the same time.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-10-19 23:42
There are documents a plenty on how the Vikings influenced the culture of England, but a new study looks at ways that Danish Norse were influenced by the English they conquered. According to Ph.D candidate Marie Bønløkke Spejlborg, it was the English who inspired Danes to organise themselves into cities."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-10-14 10:31
Marine archaeologists working at a port near the ancient village of Birka, Sweden believe the port was larger than previously believed and may show evidence of the exensive trade system of the Norse.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-10-06 23:52
Police grew suspicious recently when a Viking longship was seen moving around Elcho Island, an island off the coast of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. The ship was piloted by a crew of six Rus. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-10-05 17:31
Archaeologists have discovered a wealth of artifacts dating from the late Iron Age through to the end of the Viking era on the west side of the island of South Uist in Scotland. Included among the artifacts was a piece of bone marked with an ogham inscription.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-10-04 08:01
Experts from Interreg-Project "Bones4Culture" plan to take samples from 1000 medieval skeletons gathered from the German-Danish border land to learn more about the population, life, health and culture of the people of the region.
Submitted by GydaMagnusdotter on Thu, 2012-09-27 16:27
Come join us as we celebrate the Barony of Starkhafn's Yule.
Brewers and Mjöðr masters start your batches! As Norsemen are wont to do, we will be hosting a Mead Tasting so prepare your best brews, break out your tastiest mead and share your talent with the Barony. Must have Photo ID to participate.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-09-13 16:47
When the soldiers have come home from summer warfare, but before the icy snows of winter close in, the Barony of Dun Carraig will open the meadhall to celebrate our Birthday with feasting, games, and fighting.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-09-07 12:38
A landowner in Gotland, Sweden made "an amazing find" of over 600 silver coins, jewelry and an axe, dating to the 12th century, while excavating on his land recently.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-08-30 14:02
Many movies and books portray Vikings as "really dirty savages who wore horned helmets," but the website ScienceNordic sets the record straight with the educational article What Vikings really looked like.
Submitted by Torfin on Sat, 2012-08-18 18:25
Bronzehammer, a shop on Etsy.com, offers Viking-era jewelry and art for your historical reenactment needs.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-08-18 18:07
Tom Donkin of the BBC reports on the sailing of the Havhingsten, a 30 metres long reconstruction of a Viking ship, which sailed recently from Denmark to Germany. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-08-13 02:25
Once believed to have been victoms of the St Brice's Day Massacre, 37 skeletons found on the grounds of St John's College, Oxford in 2008, are now believed to have been executed Viking raiders.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-08-10 17:00
In 1904, archaeologists discovered a Viking grave, containing wooden artifacts including a richly decorated ceremonial wagon, at Oseberg near the Oslo fjords. Since then, the wood fibers have begun to disintegrate, causing worry among officials at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, who have decided to use state-of-the art technology to save the artifacts.
Submitted by MasterArk on Tue, 2012-08-07 16:13
Master Ark has been creating authentic Medieval jewelry for over 25 years. His cloak clasps, pennanular brooches, fibulas, Thor's hammers, brooches, and pendants are worn throughout the Known World.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-08-06 16:28
A team of Danish archaeologists believe they have discovered the fabled Viking town Sliasthorp by the Schlei bay in northern Germany, the "center of power for the first Scandinavian kings." The discovery may give a new prospective on Scandinavian military organization. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-08-06 14:55
Archaeologists are racing against erosion to excavate a 15th century fishing hut in Iceland. While people in the area have been known for centuries to use temporary huts during the fishing season, this one shows signs of longer occupation.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-07-25 19:01
Zombies are not just the stuff of modern movies and flash mobs. A medieval legend popular in Germanic northern Europe tells of armed zombies who rise from the grave to protect the righteous.