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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
8:29 pm
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
8:31 pm
I'm new to this community and I found this group. I can see that you guys haven't posted for a while but perhaps it can change?

I am very interested in the Viking Age. Am Danish myself. I had two classes at the uni where I learned Old Norse and I used this language in my M.A. thesis that I wrote earlier this year. I'm not super great at Old Norse, though. LOL.

I would like to learn more about life in Viking Age Scandinavia and also hear about new finds, theories and read articles and so on. This is why I joined this group.

So... are anybody still interested in keeping this group alive or should I try and see if I can another one to join instead? *curious*

Current Mood: optimistic
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
4:41 pm
More events
Hi all,

The Viking related events in the Festival of British Archaeology, including those organised by the Jorvik Viking Centre, are:

Ancient Technology Centre Open Weekend
Sat 31 July–Sun 1 Aug 10.00–16.00
Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road,

Annual opening to the public – a chance to see our new and
completed Viking Longhouse, displays by Vikings, homemade
foods and crafts available for purchase.
Dorset County Council
01725 517618 atc@dorsetcc.gov.uk

The Battlefield of Marston Moor: In the
Footsteps of Cromwell
Thu 22 July 19.00–20.30
Meet at the monument on the Tockwith Road, Long

An evening walk across Marston Moor with archaeologist and
re-enactor Russell Marwood.
York Archaeological Trust
01904 615505 ctuckley@yorkat.co.uk

Marston Moor: A Guide to the Battle
Wed 28 July 10.00–17.00
Depart York city centre (deteails on booking)

An all day visit to Marston Moor with archaeologist and re-enactor
Russell Marwood.
York Archaeological Trust
01904 615505 ctuckley@yorkat.co.uk

Forgotten Crafts
Fri 30 July–Sun 1 Aug 10.00–16.00
DIG, York

Learn how the crafts of Viking era York are inspiring the world of
computer games.
York Archaeological Trust
01904 543400 ctuckley@yorkat.co.uk

Behind the Scenes at Conservation
Sun 1 Aug 11 .00–12.00
Meet at YAT front gate, 47 Aldwark, York

Find out what happens to artefacts after archaeologists have
unearthed them with this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of
YAT’s conservation department.
York Archaeological Trust
01904 615505 ctuckley@yorkat.co.uk
Friday, July 16th, 2010
9:44 am
Festival of British Archaeology

Hi there!

I thought this comm might be an ideal place to tell you about Festival of British Archaeology that's happening from 17th July to 1st August 2010. Info can be found
here and hopefully there's something that'll interest you.


Monday, May 17th, 2010
11:51 pm
Mammen collar and cuffs
In Mammen: Grav, kunst og samfund, Ostergard mentions padded collar pieces and cuffs, but it doesn't look to me like Munksgard used the collar in her reconstruction in the same volume (she opted for a squared keyhole). I haven't found anyone else using a padded collar in a reconstruction, but I may be putting the wrong keywords into Google. Any guesses how it might look added to a garment? I'm not familiar with "throat bands," whatever those are.
Monday, November 2nd, 2009
11:33 pm
Historical accuracy
"As an example to other countries soon to join the industrial age, Norway proved not favourable to Scientific Management. Scientific Management lasted less than a decade in Norwegian culture. It is a country, democratic and egalitarian since the Vikings, with a long tradition in such autonomous occupations as fishing, farming, and lumbering."

I would like to hear the opinion of this forum on the part in bold of this excerpt. Does this seem historically accurate to you?
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
9:07 pm
Looking for Vikings in illuminations or other art.
I am working on my thesis for an art history paper, and I am having trouble finding illuminations or pieces of art portraying vikings made by non-viking people.  Other than the Bayeux  Tapestry, I am having trouble pin pointing a good keyword as well as sources that are not just limited to translated texts/records without images.  If anyone could give me a suggestion for work or for keywords I would appreciate it.

I am specifically looking for illuminations, and I am not picky whether these are related to Scandinavian or Icelandic Vikings.  I have a good number of sources on Icelandic illuminations.

I'm still gathering information and have a great idea for a thesis, however I don't want to have to give it up for lack of primary sources.

From what I am reading (I am still educating myself on Vikings) there are not that many self-illumination by the Vikings themselves before being largely Christian. If I'm wrong let me know, in which case I would love to search out their own artistic interpretations of themselves through illuminations.

Monday, July 20th, 2009
1:26 pm
Dorset Viking slaughter?
Check this article out! I'm really looking forward to the strontium results!

Cross posted to a couple of places.

Friday, July 17th, 2009
6:48 am
Advice needed on seams.
Hallo! I've been trying to make some period-authentic garb from the mid to late Viking Era and am struggling a bit with the seams.

I know some Norse peoples decorated the seams of their clothing...how did they do this? Did they decorate, say...all sewn seams on a tunic, or just some? I ask because the seams on my undertunic are...well, I just don't like them, and would like to make them more attractive while staying period-appropriate. Of all the pieces of clothing I'm making for myself for use with my SCA Viking-era Icelandic persona, my undertunic is the most detailed thus far, I freaking love it. :P

Any advice or instruction would be most appreciated!!! Semi-crossposting this in hopes that someone, somewhere will know what I should do. :)
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
2:10 am
My first steps into the Viking world
I've been having fun with something other than Venetian dress.  Hard to believe that the Venetian Laurel could turn her back on it, (not actually turning my back entirely, rather experimenting further afield). 

I've been playing with Norse dress.  I havn't completed it as yet (couple of things left before it is completed), so no photos of it on me till then.

I do have photos of some of the BLING*!*!*!*!*

Bling behind the cut......****Collapse )
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
11:53 pm
hi everybody :)
Just thought that now was a good time to find a community at LJ where I could learn more about vikings, books about them and so on :)

I think that i should do a little introduction? so... here goes: Read more...Collapse )

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
11:12 pm
Conference Papers :)
I discovered this gold mine recently.

Durham and York, 6th-12th August, 2006
Major Theme: The Fantastic in Old Norse / Icelandic Literature
Secondary Theme: Sagas and the British Isles, especially Northumbria
Sponsored by: The Viking Society for Northern Research
The British Academy
The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Moscow

Many pre-printed versions of the papers are available for perusal, at the conference's website here: http://www.dur.ac.uk/medieval.www/sagaconf/sagapps.htm
Sunday, March 29th, 2009
12:31 pm
New Costume Blog
I have started a costume blog on Blogger, which allows you to post pictures for free (unlike LiveJournal). One of my objectives in starting it is to solicit feedback on projects I'm planning. It is located <a href="http://www.cathyscostumeblog.blogspot.com'>here</a>. My latest post asks some questions about the possible cut of the shift of which pieces were found in the Pskov grave. I invite everybody in this community to check it out.

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
11:46 am
Sunday, January 11th, 2009
1:52 pm
Looking for a Beginners Guide and Grad Schools
I'm a junior anthropology/archaeology and art history major. I have been struggling to find my nook in my field for some time. I need to get my reading in order before I make my final choices for grad school. I've always had a great interest in northern medieval archaeology and decided I need to read up more on viking history and culture.

I'm terribly new with the subject outside of mythology. Can anyone recommend some books on viking history, culture or anything to get a newbie started? I would appreciate it.

Feel free to add any of your favorites to the list too for me to check out!

Also if there are any U.S. universities that you know of with a graduate program with any specialists in viking culture I would adore you if you listed them. I'm only aware of two at the University of Buffalo and CUNY.

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
12:30 am
New Database for Archaelogical Finds...
I don't believe I've shared this yet. I'm doing some much belated housekeeping in cleaning up my inbox, and came across the info on this little jewel. I thought for some of you it may prove an invaluable resource. :)

The Viking and Anglo-Saxon Landscape and Economy (VASLE) Project
Julian Richards, John Naylor and Caroline Holas-Clark, 2008
The University of York

An introduction to the new databaseCollapse )
Monday, June 16th, 2008
8:37 am
Viking Apron Dress

I'm trying to find some examples of embellishment on Viking Apron Dresses, especially if there were any embroidery patterns.  If you have any - please share with me!


Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
9:26 pm
Vikings Subject of UK Symposium
I stumbled across the following article, and thought that this might be a subject of interest, especially for any researchers out there.

Viking experts will be gathering at The University of Nottingham to discuss the findings of latest research into the NorsemenCollapse )
Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
1:27 am
Viking Women's Dress
I figured this recent news article might be of some interest. Some recent archaelogical discoveries are causing archaelogists to revise many of their previous thoughts regarding just how women's garb was worn. I know it's got me really interested in the recent finds in the Russian town of Pskov, Novgorod.

Viking women Had Sexy Style
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
4:16 pm
Longship Reconstruction
There's a project on in York (UK) to build another replica longship. I believe the group has permission to display one of the old Regia fibreglass boats from Naburn Marina at the Jorvik Festival this year to aid the fundraising etc. and should be at Kings Staith on Saturday. I'm hoping to meet up with them, as several members of my Roman group Comitatus are aiming to get involved, probably largely as crew in Viking kit, as I understand the group are from the civic side rather than re-enactors / archaeological, but their aim is to make the replica authentic to the best standard.

Their web site is Jorvik Afloat

I'll let you know more details as I get them, if you're interested. I'll pass on any advice/experience you have.
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