HEADLINES & GRAPEVINES

10 December 2018, 19:41

This is one about museums and expectations. If you visit one that has artefacts or exhibits about the Viking Age – what do you expect? Visually interesting or up-to-date with state-of-the-art scholarship? Or both, perhaps? Here is an interesting read from Medieval Histories about the National Museum of Copenhagen.


08 December 2018, 20:06

A conference on Viking Age Scotland took place at the University of Glasgow last week, entitled Vikings in Scotland: 20 years on. The programme shows presentations have been given on the isle of Lewis, walrus trade, the Galloway hoard and many other topics. It would be interesting to be able to read those papers!

Viking Church, Orkney (Source: Pixabay / Marilyn Reid).

24 November 2018, 21:05

This week’s Headlines & Grapevines ended up in the News section. See A Sword and a Settlement.


16 November 2018, 21:05

It just so happens, a plot for a new book is developing in my mind. And then I get this birthday gift to help me out! Looking forward to reading this one. First impressions: very nicely made edition and plenty of illustrations!

The Norse Myths: A Guide to the Gods and Heroes. Carolyn Larrington. Thames & Hudson, 2017. ISBN 9780500251966.

The Norse Myths by Carolyn Larrington (Source: The Viking Archive).

03 November 2018, 15:32

The Jorvik Centre is preparing for its annual festival in February 2019. You can start guessing the theme, but just as well watch the promotional video on their Twitter feed.


28 October 2018, 08:43

More news from Ribe. In a bog nearby the town archaeologists have discovered a hoard of 248 coins dating back to the early ninth (!) century. Read more on The CPH Post Online. Or you can go and see them at the Sydvestjyske Museum next week!


26 October 2018, 20:37

It’s the photos of all the well-preserved wood that gets me on the edge of my seat. Here, you’ll have to do with the pretty pic of Lake Mälaren, but check out The Local. They are the first to show plenty of images of the newly found twelfth-century houses and boat in Enköping on Lake Mälaren, Sweden.

Lake Mälaren (Source: Pixabay / Ylvers).

19 October 2018, 16:24

Whilst most news sources are rightly enthusiastic about the boat burial discovery in Norway this week, the publication of a new article about yarn and textiles in Canada went almost unnoticed. If you’re interested in Norse textiles in the Canadian Artic by the late thirteenth century, then this is worth the read. It’s Open Access on Journal of Archaeological Science (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2018.06.005).


16 October 2018, 17:51

It was almost impossible to miss, the speed with which this press release travelled around the online news sources yesterday. But, admittedly, this is really groovy news! A new boat burial in Norway!

Here is the link to the press release on NIKU web site.

Jellestad overview. (Source: NIKU / Lars Gustavsen).

02 October 2018, 17:32

Another excellent article, this time from the blog of the Vikings in the East Midlands. It’s about Anglo-Viking numismatics and what it tells us about the settlement and whereabouts of Vikings in the East Midlands. Read the blog here.


02 October 2018, 17:09

A great article on using hnefatafl pieces to trace the earliest industrial whale hunting in the Vendel period, thus before the Viking Age. It’s an interesting read because it’s really well written and secondly it’s another illustration how the Vendel period was really building up to the Viking Age itself. Article originally found on the Viking Archaeology Blog, or go directly to the article in Hakai Magazine.


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