The Viking Archive Liveblog, est. 11 July 2018.


15 August 2019, 12:08

A metal detectorist has found a sceatta (sceat) of the ‘continental rune type’ in the south of the Netherlands. It is thought to date back to the 700s.

07 August 2019, 20:41

Archaeologists have found a Viking hall on the isle of Rousay, Orkneys that dates back to the 10-12th century! See the press release on University of the Highlands and Islands.

And as one commenter points out: just in time for the Viking Week on the Orkneys!

07 August 2019, 20:41

I’m experiencing a little glitch between WordPress and Micro.blog. So, here’s another try!

Over the weekend, I’ve added a new resource to The Viking Archive! Check out Who’s Who in the Viking Age.

26 July 2019, 20:39

Time to give you that link to the video.  #VYP19.

26 July 2019, 20:24

For a layman like me, a wonderful tour of an archaeological site and fascinating details (this site is not mentioned in any textual sources…)!

26 July 2019, 20:03

It’s summertime, and there’s a heatwave… so time for a refreshing new look for the web site! ⛱️ 😎

20 July 2019, 18:40

LOL: a funny tweet by an Anglo-Saxon scholar (and for those of you who love South Park): https://twitter.com/thijsporck/status/1152307971646545920.

(Source: Flickr / Paul Joseph).

20 July 2019, 18:36

The Twitter account of @Chernihiv2018 is giving memorable sights. Just in the past weeks, an axe (!), knives, and beads galore!


17 July 2019, 21:01

New research has been published this week in PNAS:  ‘New Horizons at L’Anse aux Meadows.’ Based on excavations on site in 2018. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1907986116.

More on The Viking Archive on L’Anse aux Meadows: Canada and Lost Viking Settlements: 2. The Western Frontier (Part 1).


13 July 2019, 09:05

Dr Cat Jarman’s interests run wide! After leaving Repton, she’s now excavating a Viking Age site in the Ukraine. Look for @Chernihiv2018 on Twitter, you’ll also find memorabilia of last year’s dig.


12 July 2019, 15:55

Just published: Archaeology from Space by Sarah Parcak. You’ll know her from the excavations at Point Rosée, Canada, in search of new Viking settlements.


06 July 2019, 21:48

Volunteers at the Ulster Museum are working hard to finish a tapestry that about the Game of Thrones. The gimmick is that is has been embroidered in the style of the Bayeux tapestry. Warning though, not for viewers under 18!

I’ve updated Viking Age Tapestries: 5. Modern Day Tapestries, Embroideries accordingly.


03 July 2019, 13:46

By the way, the newly found Lewis chesspiece (see 3 June below), has been sold at auction for 735.000 British pounds. That’s roughly 800.000 Euros, or 900.000 US dollars. Not quite the million that was suggested, but still a fine profit margin, considering it was bought for 5 GBP. See the article on The Guardian.

A Lewis Chessman (Source: with kind permission by Sotheby’s).

03 July 2019, 11:42

And then via Twitter I found out about the (permanent) exhibition ‘Víkingr’ that just opened at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo. I couldn’t help but chuckle. What a contrast! Click on this link for images and information. Here is also a review published in Museumsnytt.