Scandanavian

Step back in time to Birka

When archaeologists excavated the Viking village of Birka near Stockholm, Sweden, they never imagined that filmmakers Mikael Agaton and Lars Rengfelt would make it possible to walk through the town as it was in the Middle Ages.

Young Viking raiders bring shock and awww to English town

In honor of the 26th annual York Viking Festival, local school children have put on their Viking gear and invaded the festival, spreading fear and cuteness throughout the land.

Viking artifacts links

Researchers of all things Viking may want to visit the Vikverir website which features a links page of museums throughout Scandinavia which have posted photos of their collections.

Conquering armies brought climate change

Genghis Khan may have inadvertantly brought about climate change, believes Julia Pongratz, who, with her colleagues Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany, have compared historical records with global carbon dioxide levels.

Free "Archaeology of York" downloads

Several books in the Archaeology of York series are now available to download for free in PDF format. The books are out of print.

Vikings live on in Northwest England

A team of British researchers has recently concluded that Vikings are "alive and well and living in the North West of England." The results of their study have been published in a new book, Viking DNA: The Wirral and West Lancashire Project.

[ATE] How To Train Your Viking

Are you looking for a nice relaxing day with the family?  Ever wanted to know what it takes to be Viking?  Are you young or young of heart? Boy do we have the training program... eh, fun event for you!  Just watch out for the dragons... err, PETS!

Up Helly Aa 2011

Happy Viking New Year to one and all! The BBC offers a few shots of the most recent Up Helly Aa celebration in Scotland's Shetland Islands.

9th century Viking fortress found in Ireland

Eamonn Kelly, Keeper of Antiquities with the National Museum of Ireland, reports that after years of research the Viking fortress of Linn Duachaill has been located 45 miles north of Dublin.

Tunics shop on Etsy.com

Hailing from the Barony of Fettburg, Jerry, the owner of Tunics specializes in the making of Viking style tunics based on the Birka pattern. Using only the best wools, linens and linen blends, he creates a garment that is very comfortable to wear, durable and affordable.

[AET] Vikings on the River

'Lo, there do you see your father. 'Lo, there do your see you mother, and your sisters, and your brothers. 'Lo, there do you see the line of your people. 'Lo, do they call to you. They bid you take your place among them on
April 2, A.S. XLV in the Shire of Riversedge.

Sherwood "thing" to be investigated

Five years ago, local archaeologists discovered a thing, an open-air Viking meeting place, on Hanger Hill in Sherwood Forest, England. Now the experts are moving in for an official survey.

Talhoffer's Medieval Fight Book subject of National Geographic Channel documentary

Talhoffer's Medieval Fight Book is the subject of a National Geographic television program scheduled to air on January 25, 2011. Talhoffer was a knight and judge in Scandavia in the mid-1400's, and the program shows some of the fight strategies and unusual weapons Talhoffer described in his book.

Did Scots beat Norse to Iceland?

New research by experts from Bangor University in Wales may show that the Vikings were not the first to reach Iceland. The first may have been Irish monks from the Scottish islands who travled there 70 years before their Nordic neighbors.

Sahti: the drink of Viking champions

Some years ago, archaeologists discovered the remains of a Scandinavian ale called Sahti inside a barrel in a Viking ship burial. Now modern brewers are trying out the ancient recipe.

A burial at Viking World

On December 1, 2010, the bones of an 1,100-year-old pagan were interred at the Viking World museum in Reykjanesbaer, Iceland. The remains, first discovered in 1868, are part of an exhibit on ancient pagan burials.

Looted Viking hoard recovered in Sweden

Swedish authorities have recovered over 1,000 silver coins illegally excavated in Gotland. The coins were part of a hoard of over 2,000 coins from the 11th century of Danish, German, and English origin.

Genetic links may show Vikings brought Americans to Iceland

According to new research, Viking explorers brought a Native American woman to Iceland in the 11th century, an act borne out by evidence of Native American genes in 80 modern Icelanders. Results of the study by Spain's Centre for Scientific Research will be published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Isabelle Le Charpentier's photos from Danelaw Feast

Isabelle Le Charpentier, of the Kingdom of Atenveldt, reports that she has created an album of photos from Danelaw Feast, a non-SCA event, which took place recently in Arizona. The photos are available on PicasaWeb.

Christmas in Ireland - Viking style

In an article for Irish America Magazine, Edythe Preet ponders Viking history and influences in Ireland, including linguistically and in the celebration of the holiday season, especially when it comes to food and drink.

Viking necklace found in cave a mystery

Archaeologists are puzzled over the spring 2010 discovery of a rare 9th century Viking necklace consisting of "71 glass beads covered with gold foil." The necklace was discovered during an excavation of Glencurran Cave in the Burren National Park. (photo)

The massacre of St Brice’s Day

Experts believe they have solved the puzzle of the mass Viking grave discovered in 2008 beneath St John’s College, St Giles, England: Ethnic cleansing.

Vikings go on "Online Tour"

The British Museum offers a series of Online Tours featuring photos and text describing artifacts from different eras. One of the most interesting is the Viking Age with closeup photos of such interesting objects as an antler comb in a case.

Norse Horse equestrians to appear in Ocala Christmas parade

The Norse Horse Medieval Equestrian Group, many of whose members are also in the SCA, will appear again this year in the 2010 Ocala Christmas Parade.

10th century Viking lady's cap pattern online

On the Genevieve.net website, Baroness Genevieve d'Aquitaine shares a pattern for a lady's Viking silk cap, pattered after one found in the Coppergate excavations. Her pattern is based on research by Mistress Isabel Ulfsdottir and Mistress Thora Sharptoot.

"Weirdest claim about the Middle Ages" contest winner announced

In October 2010, the Got Medieval blog ran a contest to discover the "Weirdest claim about the Middle Ages on Wikipedia." The winner has been announced.

Where are the Viking helmets?

In "The Mystery of the Missing Viking Helmets," a 2000 article for Neurosurgery, physician and Viking historian Knut Wester explores the subject of Viking helmets through artifacts and in Norse literature, including the difficulty of finding any existing examples.

[MID] 3rd Annual Feast of Winter Nights

Velkomen!  Winter Nights or Old Norse Veturnætur was a Norse winter festival that was initially celebrated in pre-Christian Scandinavia. It was said by Snorri Sturluson that Winter Nights is one of the three most important festivals. This festival also marks the end of the summer and start of the win ter meaning the end of the harvest work and it was a time to celebrate.

Vikings raid southern Maryland

The Calvert Marine Museum in Maryland (USA) had some unusual guests when a company of Vikings - longship and all - sailed into port. The Longship Company sailed their ship, the Sae Hrafn, to the museum's boating basin for a day of education and entertainment.

Lost Viking settlement of Linn Duchaill may have been found

A team of archaeologists believes it has found Linn Duchaill, Ireland's lost Viking settlement, near the village of Annagassan, 70 kilometers north of Dublin. The outpost was mentioned in the Annals of Ulster, a 15th century account of medieval Ireland.