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Headlines & Grapevines: Jan-Mar 2019

25 March 2019, 21:28

A new Viking ship has been found in Norway with the help of georadar. This time in Borreparken, as revealed by the Norwegian news source NRK.

This is a different one that the Jellestad ship that was found last October and mentioned in a previous H&G.

Undoubtedly, more to come!

20 March 2019, 17:55

A home is a home, you would think. But a Viking long house could apparently be much more than that. Read this article that takes a fresh approach on how to envision the Viking Age home and space within homes. The article was recently posted on The Conversation: ‘Viking Homes were stranger than fiction‘.

14 March 2019, 15:42

I read this article on Atlas Obscura about a stave church in Poland and thought: really?! But the Google search result says: yes, really! This church turns out to be quite the traveller…

Vang Stave Church (Source: Wikipedia / Micha L. Rieser).

08 March 2019, 14:58

There’s a fine article on The Public Medievalist showing the complexity and nuances of notions like gender and the roles of males and females during the Viking Age. Thought-provoking.

06 March 2019, 15:17

On 10 December 2018 here on H&G, I mentioned the forthcoming Viking display at the National Museum of Denmark. Since its official launch, the new set up has caused a stir leading a renowned scholar to review it in a scholarly journal. Pushing the limits of visual displays v. expected educational standards. Read: Antiquity (doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2019.1). Intriguing.

20 February 2019, 19:36

Perhaps you remember the hype about the Viking female warrior two years ago? Well, it’s back! The authors have just published an elaboration on their first article. It’s available in Open Access in Antiquity (doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.258). Definitely worth your while.

If you want the short summary, I’ve updated ‘A Woman in the Birka Warrior Grave.’

Lagertha by Morris Meredith Williams (1913) (Source: Wikipedia).

16 February 2019, 20:46

I’m taking you off the beaten track with this small headline. There is an eye-catching première at the Royal Opera House next week. Yes! And it’s all about Nordic myths!

The new opera, The Monstrous Child, is the tale of Hel, the teenage daughter of Loki and Angrboda. Gavin Higgins composed the music. The story is by Francesca Simon and based on her young adult novel by the same name (published in 2016).

For the opera, see the web site of the ROH for more information. And here is the book trailer:

10 February 2019, 11:33

Recently, I added articles covering the Viking settlement in Greenland to this site. The effects of climate and climate change during this period is often discussed among various academic disciplines. A new addition to the debate was published last week in the journal Geology.

For a summary of the article, see the news article on Northwestern University.

09 February 2019, 09:13

This week, I’ve been tweaking the web site a bit. In the menu there’s now Resources. It has the Web Index and Glossary, and the new Calendar feature!

Speaking of which, there’s new guest post BBC History Extra that should be widely distributed! This might be an unexpected list of key dates to the Viking Age, but may I say it’s a better representation of the era? Read: 8 Key Viking Dates You Need To Know.

Norwegian stave calendar, 15th century (Source: Wikipedia / Mararie).

03 February 2019, 19:07

A little late to the party – but if you’re travelling to Philadelphia (PA) any time soon, don’t miss the Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibition. It still runs until March 2019.

29 January 2019, 15:47

Emma of Normandy was a medieval powerhouse, much like Eleanor of Aquitaine a century later. Many medieval records refer to her and the British Library is displaying several, including the famous Encomium Emmae reginae, in their current exhibition Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, WarIt runs until 19 February 2019. In the meantime, you can read the BL’s medieval manuscripts blog post on Queen Emma.

28 January 2019, 20:14

In the evening, I like to sit at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee, and sift through the RSS feeds. Tonight, an article came up that just made my coffee taste better and the flowers in the vase smell lovelier. This is great read about a spark in an Icelandic monk’s twelfth-century life. Fascinating stuff.

The article “Learning in Lincoln” can be found on History Today.

(Source: Pixabay / cocoparisienne).

20 January 2019, 10:33

If you have ever wondered about the borders of Scandinavia during the Viking Age (and the rest of the Middle Ages), have a look at this great compilation of resources on Medievalists.net!

10 January 2019, 20:17

As researchers analysed tartar on the teeth of a mediaeval woman found in a German monastery, they made a startling discovery. The title of their article (published yesterday) is: “Medieval women’s early involvement in manuscript production suggested by lapis lazuli identification in dental calculus.”

There are great reads in Popular ScienceThe Atlantic, and The New York Times. The original article can be found on ScienceAdvances (DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7126).

05 January 2019, 20:05

The stave church of Urnes, Norway. It is a UNESCO heritage site since 1979, and scholars continue to study the various elements of the church, including its Romanesque carvings. Read this wonderful post about one scholar’s recent visit to the church on the Leiden Medievalists Blog.

(Source: Wikipedia / Johan Christian Dahl)

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