The gripping beast on the bow of the ship.
The BBC has finally also reported about the Gjellestad excavation! What took them so long, I wonder? What had me totally and completely in stitches is the site of Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History! They have an advent calendar of the Gjellestad excavation! Two doors have opened so far – where is the rest?
The discovery of a chamber grave of a woman in Valsøyfjord, Norway.
You might remember the beautiful, yet slightly haunting featured image of ‘On Giants, Trolls, and Ogres‘? His name is Theodor Kittelsen and there’s a nice piece about the man and his artwork on Life in Norway.
The Gjellestad ship is a famous Viking Age discovery from Østfold, Norway. A history buff was looking at aerial photos of 1881 and discovered potential burials mounds near Råde. See NRK website [in Norwegian]. Whether these date to the Viking Age remains to be seen, for in the same area petroglyphs have been discovered recently that date between 1700-500 BCE (see the relevant NRK article [in Norwegian]).
Ever thought about comparing Norwegian and Catalonian liturgical art from the Later Middle Ages? I know this is off topic ever so slightly – but I’m just fascinated. The exhibition in Barcelona is over, it ran from February to May 2020. But there is still the exhibition website with an informative video and the catalogue. See Museu Episcopal de Vic.