The Torsätra runestone

Skúli and Folki have raised this stone in memory of their brother Húsbjôrn/Ásbjôrn. He was sick abroad when they took payment on Gotland. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uppland_Runic_Inscription_614

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The mystery of a deeply gouged Viking shield | ScienceNordic

“The discovery attracted attention in the media last year, primarily because of a sword that was uncovered in the same place. But only now are scientists able to piece together the whole story. The archaeologists are uncovering more Viking secrets.” http://sciencenordic.com/mystery-deeply-gouged-viking-shield

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What About the Viking Women?

Was it a man’s world back in the Viking Age? I think any reasonable person today could say that a functional society depends on everyone’s contributions. There’s no doubt in my mind that back then women were as important as the men. Take sails, for example: “The textile production was probably organised hierarchically, where women…

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Norse in the Isle of Lewis

In 1993 archaeologists from the University of Edinburgh found the remains of eight Late Iron Age houses, dating back to AD 500 – 700, before the Viking Age began. What they discovered is this early Scottish settlement eventually gave way to the Norse, probably as a popular trading hub. This excavation is the subject of a…

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The Mastermyr Chest, A Really Bad Day in the Swamp

1000 years ago some poor Viking had a really, really bad day. Well, I’m sure they had really, really bad days all the time but this one had to be stupendously bad. In 1936 on the island of Gotland in a farmer’s field in Mastermyr, this barrel and chest was found when a farmer was plowing…

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Viking’s Helmet from Gjermundbu mound burial.

This is the only known example of a complete Viking helmet in existence, from the 10th century AD: Typically things of this nature are found in burial sites, so why aren’t there more helmets? There are three possible reasons: 1) Armor was a form of personal property. Some things were part of an “estate” that you…

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Ceremonial Drinking in the Viking Age

There’s undoubtably a strong connection between the production and consumption of alcohol and the development of civilization. This thesis by Charles Riseley of the University of Oslo examines the importance of alcoholic drinks in the Viking Age. Odin forsake food for wine, shouldn’t that be enough for all of us! https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/40697/Riseley-Master.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y  

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The Irish Priscian Manuscript of St. Gallen

Fierce and wild is the wind to-night, It tosses the tresses of the sea to white; On such a night as this I take my ease; Fierce Northmen only course the quiet seas. St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 904, f. 112 – Prisciani grammatica (http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/csg/0904)  

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