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The Viking Archive Liveblog, est. 11 July 2018.

18 May 2019, 13:07

“Might.” “Likely.” “Could be.”

Wow. What a scoop if these researchers indeed can confirm the remains they found are of Emma of Normandy at Winchester Cathedral!

The first source I read on this was the BBC two days ago, but it’s already all over the online (social) media. Have fun reading!

Winchester Cathedral. (Source: Flickr / mattyturner CC BY 2.0)

13 May 2019, 19:54

The Repton story continues. A new round of excavations yesterday. Follow it on Twitter: #greatheathenhunt. Oh yeah, so they found some nice jewellery today, but, come on, really, it just doesn’t compare to the paw print… 😉


10 May 2019, 21:15

The famous Gokstad ship is in need of repairs, apparently the cracks are setting in. Read more on The History Blog.

Gokstad ship excavation (Source: Wikipedia).

04 May 2019, 22:12

The Poetic Edda is, of course, an amazing piece of medieval literature. Learn more about it in this great, recent lecture by professor Carolyne Larrington, that can be found on Medievalists.net.


29 April 2019, 18:07

So, if you missed Britain’s Viking Graveyard on Easter Sunday, you can catch up by reading: Update on Viking Camp at Repton!


19 April 2019, 17:45

Remember the recent excavations at Repton and all that was discovered about the Viking Army? Apparently, there is new information to come in the TV show called Britains Viking Graveyard, airing (Easter) Sunday night on Channel 4.


14 April 2019, 11:37

Ongoing excavations at Lisbjerg church in Denmark offer a a great view into the site’s Viking Age past. From an early medieval stave church and manor house, to the later stone church. Read the fine article on Medieval Histories.


13 April 2019, 10:38

Who composed the Beowulf, that is the question. There’s a new addition to the ongoing debate about this Anglo-Saxon classic and it suggests only one author wrote it (as the great Tolkien himself thought). Read The Guardian‘s article, or the original article in Nature Human Behavior (doi.org/10.1038/s41562-019-0570-1, behind a paywall).

Beowulf (1908 edition) (Source: Wikipedia).

05 April 2019, 17:07

The journal Antiquity is an excellent resource for ongoing resarch in Viking Studies. The latest article that caught my attention is ‘Rethinking the early Viking Age in the West’ (doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.199). Here is an attempt to tackle existing assumptions on why and how the Vikings expanded to the British Isles and the North Atlantic.

The Sea Stallion lowering sail (Wikipedia / Smudge9000).
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