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What Really Started the Viking Age?

Academics currently stand divided over the precise cause of the first raids by Scandinavians. The leading theory suggests that a combination of overpopulation and a reduction in food due to a brief climatic cooling period forced the Vikings to set sail for new lands. 707 more words

Vikings

Viking Death and Memory: The EJA Special Issue

How can archaeology reveal the complex, shifting and interleaving strategies by which Viking-Age communities commemorated their dead? The last 10 years have seen a new injection of approaches to Viking-Age mortuary and commemorative practices, and my latest publication project seeks to draw and develop these in new approaches in a high-profile publication venue: the European Journal of Archaeology whose Editor, Dr Robin Skeates, generously allowed space for a special issue. 385 more words

Archaeologies Of Death And Memory

Skjoldehamn Find Project: Where is Skjoldehamn

Almost a year ago, King James and Queen Joan of Gleann Abhann announced that Baron Gellir Gunnarson, one of my best friends, would be elevated to the Order of the Pelican, one of the highest honors in the SCA. 746 more words

Counting

Weeks ago, I was counting weeks until the beginning of the excavations, now, however, it is the matter of counting days :) In exactly 30 days (or about 720 hours) the excavations will officially commence. 271 more words

Åland

Stavanger from above

With a town so rich with stories, there is much to see and do. A few kilometers outside Stavanger center you find Ullandhaug Tower, a modern communication tower built on top of a hill where previously Harald’s Tower stood. 200 more words

Norway

From Birka to Bjorn Ironside - Working with Viking Age archaeology

This is part of a series by Curator Dr Stephen Gapps who received an Endeavour Executive Fellowship from April to July 2016. Stephen is based at the… 987 more words

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