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Husband honors wife with burning Viking boat

“I loved her very much, she wished for that sort of funeral, so that’s what she got," said Francis Mulcahy about the Norse funeral he arranged for his recently-deceased wife. Francis constructed a replica longboat to carry wife Karine's ashes as a fitting farewell.

A walk through Birka

The PBS NOVA series has posted a website featuring short video clips on various aspects of Viking village life. The site focusses on "Birka, a medieval Viking village that archeologists recently excavated near modern-day Stockholm."

"Reluctance to change" helped medieval Icelanders survive

Most medieval societies faced with plague or natural disasters relied on flexibility to save their cultures, but new research shows that the "people of medieval Iceland survived disaster by sticking with traditional practices."

St. Johns skeletons prove to be Vikings

In 2008, 37 skeletons were discovered buried at St John's College in Oxford, England. Once believed to have been victoms of the 1002 St Brice's Day Massacre, the remains are now believed to be Viking raiders.

Sweden's National Historical Museum artifacts online

The National Historical Museum of Sweden has created a website showcasing over 500 artifacts from many eras including the Viking Age.

Re-enactors test effectiveness of Viking weapons

How effective were Viking Age weapons? That's what members of Hurstwic, a Viking re-enactment group located in New England, wanted to find out using sharpened weapons and a pig carcass. (video)

Viking mice rejected Newfoundland

It appears that Viking mice, which traveled on ships with their human warrior companions, found Newfoundland mostly not to their liking, according to a new study evolutionary biologist Eleanor Jones in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.

Adapting to change - Viking style

The world seems to be changing very quickly with climate change, economic turmoil and culture wars taking place around the globe. Scientists studying global change believe much can be learned from the Vikings and how they adapted to their turbulent world.

"Everyone needs a silly hat in their life!"

Fans of Lord of the Rings, Vikings or fluffy beards will be glad to learn that they can knit their own dwarven battle helmet, complete with nasals, full beards and braids. (photos)

British universities come together to study Vikings

"Experts coming together to pass on their knowledge to students in the beautiful environments of Oxford and Kirkwall - what could be better?" said Dr Donna Heddle, director of the Orkney-based Centre for Nordic Studies about the collaboration of scottish and English universities on Viking studies.

Gotland bucket reveals silver and bronze

A bronze bucket filled to the brim with silver coins was found in a field on the island of Gotland, Sweden. The coins date to the Viking era.

Replica 13th century stave church door on display in California

A hand-carved replica of the Borgund Stave Church door will be on display this weekend at the Scandinavian Festival at California Lutheran University in Thousan Oaks, California (USA).

[AET] Vikings on the River 3

Vikings on the River 3 - FREE April 7th, 2012   9am - 7pm

Beheaded skeletons might be victims of royal decree

Dr Britt Baillie, from the University of Cambridge, believes that 54 skeletons discovered in 2009 at Ridgeway Hill in England were Viking mercenaries from the time of Aethelred the Unready. All remains were found beheaded "in an unusual fashion from the front."

Up Helly Aa 2012

The Vikings returned to Scotland recently for Up Helly Aa, the celebration of Nordic influence in Scotland's Shetland Islands. The Guardian newspaper offers a slideshow of photos from the event.

Reliving the Viking past in Dublin

Dublin's Viking past is everywhere in the city, from the Viking exhibition Dublinia to excavations at Dublin City Council headquarters. Join Catherine Le Nevez of Lonely Planet for a look at the city's Norse heritage.

Scandinavian Festival 2012

Both days of the Festival are filled with music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstration, vendors and activities for young and old alike. The Viking Encampment and Sami Village will once again be present.

The case for women Vikings

On her blog Bones Don't Lie, mortuary archaeologist Katy M. Meyers discusses proof of Viking women warriors in the 9th and 10th centuries in the form of swords found in female burial mounds. (photos)

Vikings rule at Higgins Armory Museum

The Higgins Viking Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts goes a Viking this spring with the exhibit Real Vikings: Valiant warriors or ruthless raiders? which opens March 31, 2012.

The economics of Viking raiding

For those who want to mix economics with blood and gore, Mary Valante has posted a paper presented at the Fourth Annual Appalachian Spring Conference in World History and Economics (2009).

Will linguistic research pinpoint 9th century battlefield?

Keith Briggs, a visiting research fellow in linguistics at the University of the West of England, believes he has discovered Hægelisdun, the site of the 869 CE battle between the East Anglians and the Vikings which led to the death of St Edmund. His research involves the use of linguistics.

Viking Longship presentation at Toledo Museum of Art

"Dragons of the North: The World of Viking Longships" is the title of a presentation being given at the Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio on March 16 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

Shipwrecks reveal lives of medieval Swedes

Experts from the Swedish Maritime Museum are thrilled by the discovery of five shipwrecks dating to the 16th through 18th centuries, found during a quay renovation in central Stockholm. The ships, some measuring 20 meters (66 feet), are in good condition.

Grant awarded to search for Viking "court circle" in Sherwood Forest

Several years ago, the Friends of Thynghowe, an amateur history group, was instrumental in discovering a Viking Thing in England's Sherwood Forest. Now the group has received a grant to search a wider area.

[EAL] Step Spritely 2012

In honour of our Lupine Majesties Thormot Quilliam and Dagmar Halvdan, Step Spritely 2012 has a Viking theme. This is an opportunity to work on an alternate persona OR to come as your Renaissance self attending a Viking theme party.

Maria Vretmark and the mystery of the king's tomb

Maria Vretmark has a "fantastic story" to tell: Who is buried in King Magnus Ladulås' tomb? New DNA tests carried out by her team have determined that at least some of the bodies in the tomb in central Stockholm, Sweden are several centuries younger than the reign of Magnus, who ruled from 1275 until 1290.

Will skeletons tell story of Norwegian town?

The people of Stavanger, Norway are on a quest to discover the exact year their town was founded. A good starting place may be with the huge collection of human bones dating to the Middle Ages found beneath their cathedral.

1000-year-old Icelandic remains may prove ritual sacrifice

A recent report in Urðarbrunnur, the journal of the science association at Laugar in the rural district Þingeyjarsveit, Iceland, suggests that remains found in a large hole in the turf wall in Þegjandadalur, Iceland show the practice of ritual sacrifice in the time before the country converted to Christianity.

Viking longboat reconstruction in Norway

On his blog, British woodworker Robin Wood writes about his participation in the construction of a full size replica of the Oseberg Viking longboat in Oslo, Norway.

Viking silver "of national significance" found in England

Somewhere along the Cumbria-Lancashire border, a metal detector enthusiast named Darren Webster uncovered a simple lead pot, and out spilled a fortune in Viking silver. "That's when I noticed I'd found something of great importance," he said. (photo)