Tag Archive: Viking

Major Viking Age manor discovered at Birka, Sweden

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During spring of 2016 a number of large presumed house terraces were identified by the authors at Korshamn. As a consequence high resolution geophysical surveys using ground-penetrating radar were carried out in September 2016. Korshamn is one of the main harbour bays of the island of Björkö, situated outside the town boundaries of the Viking…

Coins discovery ‘will re-write’ Anglo-Saxon history

Anglo-Saxon Hoard

The Anglo-Saxon coins are said to point to some sort of an alliance in the 870s between Alfred the Great and a rival. Historians say an entire chapter of the Anglo-Saxon period will have to be re-written after a metal detectorist found a huge hoard of coins in a field. James Mather made the discovery…

Ulfberht Viking Sword – MAN AT ARMS:REFORGED

Viking Sword

Man at Arms: Reforged is a web series following thew bladesmiths of Baltimore Knife and Sword. A lot of their creations are for movies, but recently they tackled the king of Viking swords…the Ulfberht. Watch how they forge the blade in the video below and decide if they get it right.

Skeleton provides evidence that confirms historical events mentioned in the Norwegian Viking Sagas

Viking-Sagas

Archaeologists working in Trondheim in Norway have unearthed a human skeleton in the bottom of an abandoned castle well. The skeleton provides evidence that confirms dramatic historical events mentioned in the Viking Sagas. The location and contents of the well are mentioned in Sverre’s Saga, a chronicle of one of the kings of Norway, and…

Hiker finds 1,200-yr-old Viking sword in Norway

Viking Sword

The sword, found at Haukeli in central southern Norway will be sent for conservation at the The University Museum of Bergen. Jostein Aksdal, an archeologist with Hordaland County said the sword was in such good condition that if it was given a new grip and a polish, it could be used today. He said that…

Axe throwing, sword forging – but no sacrificing – at Norway’s Viking school

Viking School

We’ve had the TV shows, we’re getting the theme park and now the Viking invasion is extending to higher education in Norway. Students at Seljord Folkehøgskule, a college 90 miles west of Oslo, are embarking on a new programme to learn traditional Viking skills such as sword forging, jewellery making and roof thatching, as well…

Kickstarter: The Illuminated Edda

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The Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda are the two sources for Norse Mythology. Everything we know about the Norse gods comes from these two sources. Now in an excellent kickstarter project you can own an illuminated copy of them! Creator Andrew Valkauskas has studied Viking history for over 20 years and uses his knowledge…

Battle of Stamford Bridge

Battle of Stamford Bridge

Today marks the 947th anniversary of the Battle of Stamford Bridge. The battle pitted the forces of English King Harold Godwinson against the invading force of Norwegian King Harold Hardrada and the King’s own brother Tostig Godwinson. The battle was a decisive victory for England. But King Godwinson’s victory would be short lived. In three…

For Sale: Viking hoard of swords from Bonhams Arms & Armour

A stunning array of death-dealing swords from the Medieval period and earlier, including Viking weapons, form the main thrust of Bonhams sale of Antique Arms and Armour on November 28th in Knightsbridge. David Williams, Director of Arms and Armour at Bonhams, comments: “Many of these rare and remarkable weapons would have been used in battle….

‘Viking’ shipwreck discovered off Swedish coast

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An 800-year-old shipwreck was discovered by divers off the south coast of Sweden virtually buried under the sea floor. The vessel, which some Swedish reports have claimed is a Viking ship, was found in the Baltic Sea at Sturko, The Local reported. Lars Einarsson, underwater archaeologist at Kalmar Lans museum, told the news website, “This…

Viking mass grave linked to elite killers of the medieval world

Viking Mass grave medieval Dorset

A mass grave found in Dorset could belong to a crew of Viking mercenaries who terrorised Europe in the 11th century – according to a new documentary on National Geographic which pieces together the story behind the burial. A crew of Viking mercenaries – some of the fiercest and most feared killers in the medieval…

Found: Viking war lord buried in his boat

Judging from the opulence of his tomb, he was a revered Viking warrior destined to take his place in Valhalla among the honoured dead. Laid to rest in a 17ft boat with his sword, axe and bronze drinking horn, the powerful Norseman’s burial site has been discovered by archaeologists in a remote part of the…

Iron Lord on DVD August 1

Revolver Entertainment are pleased to announce the multi-platform release of IRON LORD on August 1st. Russia 1010: Warlord Yaroslav rules the kingdoms to the North of Kiev with an iron fist, conquering new lands to gather taxes for his father, Grand Prince Vladimir. But keeping rule in these bloody times is a constant battle, as…

York, England: Castles and Churches and Pubs, Oh My!

Ahhh York …. with its great city walls, castles and churches. For most tourists coming to this town, the medieval history of this great northern city is the major draw. The renowned City Walls stretch for about 3km and should be walked by all travelers with a just a little or a lot of time…

Author Richard White: Medieval explorers may have visited New England

The evidence is fading from years of the elements pounding upon it, but even stone can’t hold the image of a medieval knight forever — an image that suggests there might have been Europeans exploring America 96 years before Christopher Columbus. In 1954, the late Frank Glynn uncovered the figure, whose arms have been identified…