Tag Archive: Iceland

Lost Cloister Discovered in Iceland

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Icelandic and British archaeologists employing geosensing techniques have detected the remains of a large building that may be Iceland’s lost Þykkvabær cloister, which housed Augustinian monks from 1168 to 1550. “I think we’ve just hit the jackpot, because I think we’ve discovered the remains of Þykkvabæjarklaustur. It came as a complete surprise, you can say…

Eric the Red Brewed Ale in Greenland

Eric the Red Viking

Archeologists from the Danish National Museum have now proven that Eric the Red, who founded the Icelandic settlement in Greenland at the end of the tenth century AD, and his contemporaries were able to brew ale. There have long been speculations whether the climate in the southernmost part of Greenland was warm enough in the…

Medieval Market, Church and Pier Festivals in Iceland

The ancient marketplace Gásir in Eyjafjördur, close to Akureyri in north Iceland, will come alive this weekend. From July 16 to 19, handcrafters dressed in medieval fashion will demonstrate ironwork and other crafts, an old-fashioned ballgame will be played and spear fighters will put on a show. Also, the longship Vésteinn will sail into the…

Icelandic DNA study Shows Evidence of First Americans in Europe in 1000

When Christopher Columbus returned from his first voyage to the Americas, he shanghaied ten to twenty-five of the native peoples he encountered on the Caribbean islands he explored. Of these, only 6 were to be presented to the court of Spain’s Catholic monarchs when he returned to the Iberian Peninsula in March 1493. These 6…

Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum at the Society of the Four Arts

Event: Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum at the Society of the Four Arts Date: December 4th to January 16th 2011 Medieval items that once adorned the homes and churches of Christians in England are the focus of one upcoming event in Palm Beach. Entitled Object of Devotion:…

White Hart Forge finds history lovers who love artisan work

Hammering iron on anvils and scorching steel in a hand-built propane forge, Dan Klug and Heidi Shewchuk turn metal into art. “I’m working in a craft that has been going on for a thousand years,” said Klug, 49, as he twisted molten hot metal with tongs. “I’m not kidding when I tell my students, ‘Strike…

A New Theory on the Origin of the Lewis Chessmen

The Lewis Chessmen are the most famous and important chess pieces in history. They have a long historical and scholarly record, part of which is that they were made in Norway roughly 800 years ago. But now two Icelandic men are challenging that belief and trying to prove that the pieces came from their country….

‘Sensational’ Discovery Archeologists Find Gateway to the Viking Empire

For a century, archeologists have been looking for a gate through a wall built by the Vikings in northern Europe. This summer, it was found. Researchers now believe the extensive barrier was built to protect an important trading route. Their attacks out of nowhere in rapid longboats have led many to call Vikings the inventors…

Medieval Atmosphere in North Iceland

The annual medieval festival at Gásir, an ancient trading point near Akureyri in north Iceland, will take place this weekend. Booths are currently being set up where people dressed in medieval outfits will sell their handicrafts or demonstrate ancient work methods. “The market will vibrate with life,” Haraldur Ingi Haraldsson, “mayor” of Gásir, told Morgunbladid….