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Annual edition of "Medieval Archaeology" released

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.

Skaldic poetry database online

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.

Medieval pine trees found in Norway

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."

Old Norse mythology "captures the public imagination"

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.

Got Viking questions? She's got answers!

Want to know about agriculture in medieval Scandinavia? Ask the Viking Answer Lady. Have a question about Norse astronomy? The Viking Answer Lady knows.

Icelandic Althing photos online

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.

[ART] Twilight in Valhalla

By special arrangement with the Gods, the Shire of Castelleone Nuovo invites you to attend "Twilight in Valhalla."

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.

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[AET] Vikings on the River

In the spirit of Vetr Thing and Vikings in the Snow comes Vikings on the River. On November 14th the Shire of Riversedge will host a day for all Norse personas.

Beowulf-era ceremonial hall discovered in Denmark

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."

Gaming like it's 1066

1066, an online game produced by the BBC's Channel 4, allows players to recreate the "English vs Vikings" battles of 1066.

Travel Skotland at your own risk!

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.

Decapitated skeletons may have been Viking raiders

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.

6th Annual ScanFest of the Carolinas

We welcome you to be part of The 6th Annual ScanFest of the Carolinas

The Vikings: History and Culture

William Short, SCA member and author of the book Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques will speak at the Fayetteville Free Library in Fayetteville, NY, on, October 29, 2009. The presentation will include a discussion of Viking fighting techniques and weapons.

Big Viking hoard in Britain may rewrite the history books

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.

Old Norse manuscripts online

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.

Sweden's oldest burial ship found

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.

Viking video available on Hulu

A 40-minute film: Vikings: Journey to New Worlds is available for free download on the video website Hulu.

Well-preserved Kaupang found in western Norway

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)

[EAL] Icelandic Althing

The year is 1009, and from all quarters the people of Iceland are gathering to have disputes heard in the law courts and to heed the wisdom of the Lawspeaker. Artisans will sell their wares, warriors will train with sword, axe, and bow, and chieftains will extend their hospitality to their people.

Fabric Dragon

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.

[MID] Day of the Dragon IX

The Shire of Dragon’s Vale in the Middle Kingdom proudly presents Day of the Dragon IX. Join us for a day filled with heavy fighting, archery, rapier, and thrown weapon events, followed by a copious Viking feast.

Site:

Cromwell Community Center
353 Baker St
Cromwell, IN 46732

Merchant space is free, but available on a first-come, first-served basis.

10th century Icelandic cowshed discovered

Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved cowshed dating to the 10th century on a farm near Keldudalur in Skagafjördur, Iceland.

Norse Life and Culture Seminar slated for 2010

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.

Danish expert declares Vinland Map genuine

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.

Researchers seek identity of 51 beheaded bodies from 10th century England

Archaeologists are continuing to study 51 bodies that were apparently buried naked, with their heads stacked to the side, on a prominent hillside between 890 and 1034 C.E.

Making a Viking Whip-cord

Genevieve d'Aquitaine, of the Kingdom of Atlantia, has created a webpage dettailing how to make a Viking whip-cord, a braiding technique used to make strong cording for ties, lacings, etc.

[MID] Norse Life and Culture Seminar

Announcing, a Norse Life and Culture Seminar April 10, 2010 Canton of Three Hills (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

14th century village discovered in Finland

Archaeologists have found the remains of houses dating to the 14th century in the Espoo district of Mankby, Finland. The discovery has excited the archaeological community, since late medieval villages are a rare discovery in the country.

New Norse settlement found in Canada

Canadian archaeologists are thrilled by the discovery of the remains of a medieval structure, which they believe may be Norse in origin, near Nunavut on southern Baffin Island. If true, this will be only the second Viking structure found in the New World.