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Origins of crucible steel for Ulfberht swords?

Interesting short video about the possible origin of the crucible steel used to make the famous Viking Ulfberht swords. There is no archaeological evidence that the Norse during the Viking Age had the technology or know-how to produce the steel

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Draken – Shetland to Faroe Islands leg

The largest Viking longship replica currently is the Norwegian built “Draken Harald Hårfagre”. It is currently engaged in a living archeaology experiment with a trans-Atlantic crossing from Norway to America. Below is latest video update – from the Shetland to

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History renews “Vikings” for 5th season

Not unexpected given the viewer success, then History Channel has renewed “Vikings” for 5th season. This then also gives Michael Hirst and the rest of the production team a chance to redeem themselves after the historical mess they’ve blundering ever

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Lethality of Viking Weapons

TV shows like History’s “Vikings” and BBC’s “The Last Kingdom” attempt to find the balance between realistically showing the brutal violence of the Viking Age, but at the same time not have it be gratuitous maiming. And the producers should

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Flooding at Yorvik Viking Centre

Press release update from January 5th, regarding the December 29th flooding of the Yorvik Viking Center, unfortunately confirms the fears of major damage to the exhibit. Here’s link to news report from December 29th: Yorvik Viking Centre remains closed until

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Role of Bow and Arrow in Viking Age

When the Norse of the Viking Age are shown, then these Vikings typically wield sword, axes, spears and shields. Images of Vikings holding bows are few and far between – and why is that? Archery gives some clear advantages in

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Major Viking Age Find at Karleby in Denmark

Roskilde Museum has announced that an amateur metal detector archaeologist back in August made a discovery of almost 400 Viking Age artifacts in a field near the town of Karleby in Denmark. The artifacts include coins, silver cups, a 25cm

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Russian movie “VIKING” coming in 2016

Following trailer appeared couple of days ago, for a Russian-made movie called “VIKING”. Almost naturally/logically the story centers around the Kievan Rus, and the struggle for control of Novgorod. The plot draws historical inspiration from the “The Tale of Bygone

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Trelleborg Should Be A UNESCO Site

The Viking Age ring fortresses found throughout Denmark and present-day southern Sweden are considered unique. Of the 6 know “Trelleborg’s” then the one bearing the name Trelleborg on the Danish island of Zealand was part of the Northern European serial

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Rope making in the Viking Age

A number of materials were used to make ropes in the Viking Age. Not surprising then it was the materials at hand which were used. These included wool, horsehair, sealskin and lime bast. Lime bast? Well, this comes from the

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