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Amazing 17th century traveling suit at Durán Textiles

In  the past, Durán Textiles has showcased some amazing women's garb in their newsletter. Now it's the man's turn. The latest issue concentrates on an elaborate 17th century embroidered traveling suit worn by King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden, who ruled 1615-1632.

Eirik Anderson's Video and photos from the Althing

Eirik Anderson reports that he has posted several videos and an album of photos from the Icelandic-Althing, which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ealdormere. The videos and photos are available on his website.

[CAL] Winternights

The College of Bellewode invites you to Winternights October 22, 2011

Making a Finnish Viking dress

Satu Hovi offers techniques for creating a Finnish Viking dress on her website. The article includes research on the Eura dress and her replica from Luistari cemetery in Eura, grave 56.

Viking artifact website

Dan Carlsson of the Fröjel Discovery Programme has posted an album of Viking artifacts from the harbor and lands around Fröjel, Sweden including explantion of the objects and how they were made.

"Legendary Swedish warship Mars" found in Baltic Sea

Andreas Olsson, head archaeologist at the Royal Swedish Maritime museum, believes that a team of divers has discovered the wreck of the Mars, the "legendary Swedish warship lost in a sea battle with the Danish-Lübeckian navy in 1564."

Viking longship sails on "Wings of Hope"

Jack reports that he has uploaded two videos of the christening and launching of Calontir's cardboard longship as part of a fund raiser for the Wings of Hope charity.

Viking women on the move

The discovery of the graves of Norse women in eastern England has now led scholars to believe that Viking women emigrated earlier than once believed. Research on 14 Norse graves showed that six of the graves contained the remains of women, some armed with sword and shield.

Medieval chess piece found in Iceland

A 12th or 13th century chess piece has been found in Iceland. The piece is carved from herringbone and looks  similar to the Lewis Chessmen.

Viking tooth filing may have intimidated enemies

Long before grills and gold caps, Vikings used tooth decoration as a way to intimidate their enemies. Evidence can be seen in the intricate horizontal patterns filed into the teeth of Viking warriors found buried in Dorset.

Sex and politics in the Middle Ages

In his dissertation, Henric Bagerius of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, explores sexuality and politics in the late medieval Iceland, and redefines sex as less of a personal relationship and more of an exercise in power.

9th and 10th century Viking coins found in Cumbria, England

A hoard of over 90 silver Viking coins dating to the 9th and 10th centuries was discovered recently by a metal detectorist near Furness, England. (photo)

Medieval ship found in Swedish waters

The intact shipwreck of a cog, a ship used in the Baltic between the 12th and 14th centuries, has been discovered off the island of Gotland. The ship was discovered during a sonar survey and may be one of the oldest intact wrecks ever found.

Viking warriors show signs of filed teeth

A mass burial of Vikings in Dorset, England has revealed a pair of teeth with deep grooves deliberately filed into them. The indentation was probably cosmetic and may have shown status.

"Flood of people" settled England from Germanic lands

The British may have deeper German roots than previously believed. Archeologists and geneticists have recently shown that in post-Roman Britain, a few thousand German warriors may have overthrown the locals and replaced their Celtic languagewith their own.

Spirit of the Vikings upheld in cardboard boat

Baron Dahrien Cordell reports that a group of friends from the Barony of Three Rivers in Calontir plan to build an entry for the Wings of Hope charity cardboard boat race. Their entry: a Viking longship, of course! (photos)

[MER] Daggers and Hemmlock V

Join the Shire of Phoenix Glade as we celebrate in the Halls of Valhalla. Fight, feast, attend classes and revel in air-conditioned comfort. There will be tournaments Friday night and Saturday.

Cooling climate may have forced Vikings out of Greenland

Researchers have added "climate change" to the list of possible reasons that the Vikings suddenly abandoned Greenland around 1400. Analysis of  lake sediment cores has revealed that there was a sharp cooling trend from about 1100 onwards.

SCAdians, other Vikings march on Brooklyn

The SCA was one of several groups to take part in the 60th annual 17th of May Norwegian Constitution Day Parade and Viking Fest. The SCA contributed a precession of historic arms to the event.

[LOC] Tocal Token Tourney 2011

Tocal Token Tourney will take place on the weekend of July 9 & 10, 2011. This year the event will be Norse themed, come a-Viking.

Norway's Borgund stave church one of the "10 most beautiful"

Egan reports that the Budget Travel Magazine is featuring an article on the "10 most beautiful churches." Among them is the 12th century Borgund stave church in Borgund Norway, a well-preserved example of "the integration of Christianity with Norse culture."

Lewis Chessmen to visit Cloisters

Visitors to New York City this winter will have a rare opportunity outside of the United Kingdom to view an exhibit featuring the Lewis Chessmen.

Battle of Wisby re-enactment

In 1361, the Battle of Wisby took place in Gottland, Sweden. For the 650th anniversary, April 29, 2011, re-enactors brought the battle to life. (photos)

Charcoal pits tell story of medieval Norwegian economy

Trondheim, once known as Bymarka, was the center of religious life in medieval Norway. Now the discovery of more than 500 charcoal pits in the area proves that the city was an industrial center as well.

Coppergate woman "brought to life"

For the first time, the public will be able to look at the face of a Viking woman, complete with bonnet, whose skeleton was discovered 30 years ago at Coppergate in York, England. (photo)

Learn to sail a Viking ship

Vikings and Viking-wannabes may want to consider enrolling in a course in rowing and sailing square-sail boats to take place May 26-29, 2011 in Skudeneshavn, Norway.

[ANT] Grand Thing VI

The Barony of Stromgard and the village of Bjorgvin invite you to come and join our fires this Memorial Day Weekend at the 6th annual Grand Thing.

Hjaltland Research Network to be established in the Shetlands

More Norse than Scottish, the Shetlands are poised to become a new mecca for the study of things Viking, where scholars plan to begin a new project entitled Mapping Viking Age Shetland.

Considering the Viking axe

Many people have the same misconceptions about Viking weapons as they do about horned Viking helmets. On their website, Hurstwic, a Viking-Age interest group based in New England, discusses the reality of Viking axes.

What women's brooches tell us about Anglo-Saxon England

On the blog, A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe, Jonathan Jarrett offers a review of a paper by Jane Kershaw entitled New Insights on the Viking Settlement of England: the Small Finds Evidence, presented to the Institute of Historical Research Earlier Middle Ages seminar on 9 February, 2011.