There’s a new scholarly article in Antiquity about three Viking Age halls at Borre, Norway. (The same place where the Borreparken ship was found in 2019). The site is already well-known for its burial mounds. New georadar surveys have revealed large buildings: Their unusual lay out and size, and location within such a prominent burial site, suggest that they were halls – high-status buildings mentioned in the Nordic sagas. From the Abstract. The article is worth a read, and available in Open Access: “The discovery of three large buildings at a Late Iron and Viking Age royal burial site in Norway.” Antiquity, (2020) 1-19. doi:10.15184/aqy.2019.211.
A new year, a new focus! The Viking Archive will shortly start showing a few changes. A new subtitle, a shorter main menu, a cleaner look for the web site. And most importantly: no more encyclopedia-style articles. I’m changing their formal approach to the more personal essay style. You’ll still have to make do with footnotes and references, though! Hope you will appreciate The Viking Archive 2.0!
Since I posted the series on Viking Age tapestries, I find myself looking out for any news or information that might pop up around the web. Here is a short, but nice thread about a reproduction of a Oseberg ship loom!
The results of the excavations in Ciepłe, Poland have now been published.
Good news about the Gjellestad ship. It was indeed made during the Viking Age. For more information, see The Gjellestad Viking Ship article, it is updated with a new link.
A medieval cemetry has been found in Kjøpmannsgata in Trondheim in 2019. Read more about it on The History Blog, or Life in Norway. I’m updating the news article Archaeological Excavations in Trondheim in due time, especially if Viking Age graves are found.