“These decorated combs found in Western Norway made of reindeer antlers show that the Vikings were concerned about how they looked. (Photo: Ane Bysheim / University Museum of Bergen) English sourc...”
I'm actually rather fond of the temple scene—and proud of coming up with a picture of how some parts of Anglo-Saxon beliefs might have worked—but I know it's most likely not true. It's a relief to have figured out how, in the ...
Rosie Weetch, curator and Craig Williams, illustrator, British Museum One of the most enjoyable things about working with the British Museum's Anglo-Saxon collection is having the opportunity to study the intricate designs of ...
“The Vikings played ball, lifted stones and wrestled. Often the games turned violent and bloody, occasionally resulting in death.”In a new study, Leszek Gardela uses archaeological findings and careful reading of Viking sagas to describe how Vikings killed time when they were in mood for entertainment.The archaeologist paints a vivid picture of Viking life, but the familiarity of many of the activities suggests that while Vikings had shorter lives and arguably vented their frustrations in more violent ways than what most people do today, leisure time in the Viking Age was not too different from leisure time in 2012.
Via Markus Milligan
“ We think of Vikings as highly aggressive raiders who ravished Europe in the Early Middle Ages but how could these men be controlled when they returned to their homeland after plundering other countries? ” A researcher from the University of Aberdeen, who presented today at the British Science Festival, suggested this is a problem Viking societies themselves were deeply concerned about – so much so that they took on the role of early criminal profilers – drafting descriptions of the most likely trouble-makers.So what do you make of this? Is this a society looking for trouble? OR Looking for those who cause trouble?
Via David Connolly
“ With a focus upon the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland, Kevin Edwards will present a select narrative of past and recent writings, archaeological enquiry and scientific research concerning the Norse settlement of the North Atlantic.”
Via John Ward
A large Anglo-Saxon arthritis sufferer and a spearhead and knife from the deep grave of an important burial have been found at a Neolithic settlement which later became a Bronze Age burial mound and Saxon cemetery.
“ Top-quality backgammon piece found at 7th-century habitation site in Kent It would have been a very expensive toy, expertly crafted and imported across the Channel – and archaeologists say it provides a glimpse of the luxurious life of Anglo-Saxon...”
Via Joy Kinley
The Faroe Islands were colonised much earlier than previously believed, and it wasn’t by the Vikings, according to new research. New archaeological evidence places human colonisation in the 4th to 6th centuries AD, at least 300-500 years earlier than previously demonstrated.The research, directed by Dr Mike J Church from Durham University and Símun V Arge from the National Museum of the Faroe Islands as part of the multidisciplinary project “Heart of the Atlantic”, is published in the Quaternary Science Reviews.The research challenges the nature, scale and timing of human settlement of the wider North Atlantic region and has implications for the colonisation of similar island groups across the world.
Via David Connolly
“ IceNewsEvidence suggests Vikings grew grain in south GreenlandIceNewsArchaeologists from the Danish national museum have finally succeeded in confirming that Erik the Red and his people could indeed brew beer in Greenland when they lived there.”
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