Decrypted Rune

Finally Decrypted after 900 years! http://www.lostateminor.com/2014/02/20/900-year-old-viking-message-finally-gets-encrypted-message-kiss/

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Vikings in Ireland

Here are 8 excellent, short YouTube videos on life in Viking Ireland put together by the National Museum of Ireland. There’s even a Notes for Teachers PDF, in case you’re a teacher. http://www.museum.ie/en/exhibition/info/viking-ireland-videos.aspx  

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Will the real Odin please stand up?

Apparently it isn’t as clear cut as we all think. Sure he only had one eye and wore anti-bird-poop shoulder pads for his friends Muninn and Huginn, but the old texts are open to interpretation. Annette Lassen, who has a PhD in Norse Philology (wait, is that right? YES, I learned a new word today. Philology…

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Graffiti

Between the 9th and 11th centuries, in Dublin, Vikings were hanging around having a grand old time and some chap with a scratchy tool carved a boat in a plank of wood. Spotted here at Irish Archaeology.

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Key to English Place-names

The University of Nottingham (UK) has a very cool website called Key to English Place-names that “is an up-to-date guide to the interpretation of the names of England’s cities, towns and villages”. http://kepn.nottingham.ac.uk/ I thought this was neat since many of the places have roots in Old Norse, such as Coupland in Northumberland. Coupland is “purchased…

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