Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-01-08 13:17
For the past ten years, Norse scholars have debated whether the breakdown in trade of walrus ivory brought down the Norse settlements in Greenland during the 15th century. In a new article, scholar Kirsten Seaver disputes the theory and offers her own: English cod fishing.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-12-28 12:58
The discovery of more than 1,000 pieces of iron, including arrowheads and axe heads, have led experts to believe that they have found "York’s first metal recycling centre." The materials were gathered together after a battle for reuse.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-12-26 16:15
A Scottish crofter working on a drain on the Isle of Skye was "stunned" to discover an anchor that is believed to date to Viking times. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-12-24 09:15
In a Yuletide card, courtesy of Revival Clothing, we learn the origins of "Yule" from its pagan Germanic beginnings through its joining with the Christmas festival during the reign of Haakon the Good. The article includes a bibliography.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-12-07 19:49
David Caldwell of the National Museum of Scotland does not believe the recognized theory that the famous Chessmen of Lewis belonged to a merchant passing through Scotland. Caldwell thinks the owner was a noble who lived in the area, and that the pieces may not have been "chessmen" at all.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-12-03 23:13
Volume 53 of Medieval Archaeology: Journal of the Society for Medieval Archaeology has been released by Maney Publishing. The academic journal specializes in the medieval archaeology of Britain and Ireland.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-11-28 09:55
Funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council and other bodies, The Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages offers a database and other documents of interest to scholars.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-11-24 12:03
Norwegian scientists were surprised recently to find that dendrochronological dating showed fallen pine trees they were studying as part of climate research had died in the 14th century. Resin secreted by the dying trees is responsible for the "mummification."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-11-24 08:41
Experts on Old Norse mythology met recently at the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Scandinavian Studies to take a look a fresh look at the religion.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-11-21 15:45
Want to know about agriculture in medieval Scandinavia? Ask the Viking Answer Lady. Have a question about Norse astronomy? The Viking Answer Lady knows.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-11-17 11:43
Eirik Andersen reports that he has posted an album of photos from the Icelandic Althing event which took place recently in Eoforwic, Kingdom of Ealdormere. The photos are available on the Two Ravens website.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-11-12 18:41
Warriors will participate in a variety of snow battle scenarios for both heavy and light fighters. After the battles, you are invited to a Norse Style Feast in the halls of Valhalla.
Following feast the ice skating (site fee includes skate rental), garbed snowperson bui
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-11-12 18:11
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-11-08 20:45
Archaeologists in Denmark are puzzled over the discovery of a large building "littered with bits and pieces of exquisite golden jewellery, glass and bronze broaches, high quality artifacts, such as drinking glasses and ceramics, which all seem to have been deliberately smashed in some ritual."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-11-07 15:16
1066, an online game produced by the BBC's Channel 4, allows players to recreate the "English vs Vikings" battles of 1066.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-11-01 10:07
Medieval Scotland may not have been as welcoming to Norse travelers as one would think. According to a 13th century Viking travel guide, the country was "full of dangerous natives who speak an incomprehensible language and the is weather awful." The 13th century chronicle warned Icelandic merchants away from the area.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-10-22 18:39
New studies of the recent discovery of 51 decapitated skeletons found in an old quarry at Ridgeway Hill, near Weymouth, England, may show that the young men were captured Viking raiders who were executed and buried in a mass grave.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-10-16 16:48
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Submitted by Broom on Tue, 2009-09-15 16:39
Metal detectorists in England have found a new Viking treasure hoard that is thought to be the most important discovery of this type in 150 years.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-09-14 16:33
The website Wikimedia Commons has digital images of several Old Norse manuscripts available to view online. The site also has brief information about the documents.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-09-12 15:02
Archaeologists working on a site near Sunnerby on the island of Kållandsö in Lake Vänern in central Sweden have discovered a 7th century burial ship, the oldest yet uncovered in Scandinavia. The discovery includes animal sacrifices and burial gifts.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-08-31 19:04
A 40-minute film: Vikings: Journey to New Worlds is available for free download on the video website Hulu.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-08-30 13:01
A team of Norwegian archaeologists has discovered a well-preserved Kaupang (Viking trading post) in Lærdal, Sogn og Fjordane County in western Norway. The site includes the remains of more than 30 buildings. (drawing)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-08-27 22:17
Submitted by Fabric Dragon on Thu, 2009-08-27 14:34
Fabric Dragon sells many items, but of especial interest to most SCAdians are the linen threads in multiple weights and colors, silk threads in multiple weights, colors, and degree of twist, beads (including those small enough to use easily in embroidery) and pearls of various types.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2009-08-27 13:59
Cromwell Community Center
Merchant space is free, but available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-08-16 17:11
Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved cowshed dating to the 10th century on a farm near Keldudalur in Skagafjördur, Iceland.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-08-09 09:11
Banbharun Siobhan has announced that there will be a Norse Life and Culture Seminar held april 10, 2010 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The event will feature a day of classes and lectures for those interested in Viking/Norse personas.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-08-03 16:10
For years, experts have disputed the legitimacy of the Vinland Map, the famous 15th century map which depicted parts of North America many years before its discovery by Christopher Columbus. Now Rene Larsen, rector of the School of Conservation under the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, has declared the map genuine.