Tar Production

If you’re interested in the ship building process, or in trade, or in knowing more about the local products made during the Viking Age, The Viking Archive has posted about Tar Production in the Viking Age.

For other trade products, I recommend this article by Dan Carlsson of the Gotland Archaelogical Fieldschool, “Viking Combs and Combmaking on the island of Gotland, Sweden” and this article about tracing the cod trade via fish bones from the University of Cambridge.

For something a bit more linguist about ships, I once again recommend Eldar Heide’s Early Ship Types, an article where he traces the names of some of the Viking Age names for ships and tries to connect them to some of the archaeological finds. Most people rely on the medieval Norse terms for ships, but there was a change in design for ships between the Viking Age and the sagas, and Heide believes that the terms do not apply correctly.


Norse World


Norse World  is a brand new resource that, even though it is post-Viking Age in focus, makes my heart happy. It is brought to us by the University of Upsala:

“The overall aim of the project is to create an infrastructure in the form of an online, open access searchable index and mapping of the foreign place names found in medieval East Norse texts.”

How cool is that?

Her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite

A few weeks ago, the news broke about how in Sweden an 8-year-old pulled out what she believed to be a stick that was protruding from a lake, only to discover that it was in fact a Viking Age sword. As you might guess, like many other reenactors that I know, my first thought was that distributing swords are no basis for a system of government. My second thought was on the various articles I have read about distributing items into lakes, and the Viking Age Norse concepts of water.

Check out from Julie Lund’s (of the University of Oslo) Banks, Borders and Bodies of Water in a Viking Age Mentality as well as Anne Irene Rissøy’s (of Buskerud University College) Sacred Legal Places in Eddie Poetry: Reflected in Real Life?

A few links about Ribe

So, I’m recovering from a bad ear infection, but I’m still trying to keep up with my posting schedule of at least two things a week. Luckily, there’s been a lot of cool Viking Age links that have popped up on the various websites I watch, so I can do some easy postings. 🙂

Since I recently led that Runic Workshop (handouts can be found here and here, though I haven’t yet gotten back to update them as I want to), I thought this would be an appropriate link to spread. It is about an inscription found on a comb from Ribe, Denmark, from the period when Elder Futhark was being replaced by Younger Futhark. While the inscription itself might not be considered exciting, having a find from this period is since it may provide clues to the reason for the vast changes we find in the Younger Futhark. The article itself is from February of this year.

And since we’re talking about Ribe, an article from Science Nordic from a month ago discusses the various finds of the urban center, and touches upon how Ribe was established.