Viking Age

Just the other day I was speaking to a climate change skeptic who made mention of an old Time or Newsweek he was not sure article that talked about fears of a coming ice age. But here, David Kirtley places a recent meme that seems to be an attempt to diffuse concern about global warming because we used to be worried about global cooling. The meme, however, is not what it seems to be. And, David places the argument that Ice Age Fears were important and somehow obviate the science in context. From the cover we can see that apparently a new ice age was supposed to arrive. Only 30 years later, according to the cover, global warming is supposed to be the problem. It actually is this Time cover from April 9, The s Ice Age Scare.

Viking art

Viking Sails – What were they like? However, we do not have any sails from the Viking Age. There is enough historical evidence to confidently claim that this was indeed the shape and rigging method use by the Vikings. The sail was introduced from Southern Europe immediately before the Viking Age. There are ships with large square or rectangular sails carved into stones from 6th and 7th century.

There is no reason to believe that this would have changed on the ships used during the Viking Age.

The Oseberg ship (Norwegian: Osebergskipet) is a well-preserved Viking ship discovered in a large burial mound at the Oseberg farm near Tønsberg in Vestfold county, ship is commonly acknowledged to be among the finer artifacts to have survived from the Viking ship and some of its contents are displayed at the Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy on the western side of Oslo, Norway.

It is worth noting however that this was not the only contact documented between the Viking and Muslim Civilisation. They keep their clothes clean and the men adorn themselves with armbands of gold They are generous to each other, honour their guests and treat well those who seek refuge with them, and all who come to visit them. They do not allow anyone to annoy or harm these.

And whenever anyone dares to treat them unfairlythey help and defend them. Their expeditions are said to have extended from Western-Europe to Central Asia, it is from here that sources indicate the extent to which the Vikings had contact with the Muslim Civilisation during Ancient Times. Although they may not have been held in high regard in the opinion of people in Al-Andalus, their raids demonstrated their military might and effective strategy.

In retaliation, the forces of the Emir trap the Viking fleet on the River of Guadalquivir destroying 30 ships and killing 1, Vikings

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This was back in AD when they landed in Lindisfarne, wreaking havoc upon the monasteries there. From this point the Viking age of Scandinavia really began. Many kings would come and go during this time, as the Viking rules passed hands. Kings of Norway, Denmark and Sweden would sail overseas, creating settlements and starting wars.

Alva Mac Gowan recounts her recent voyage on the Sea Stallion of Glendalough, a reconstructed Viking longship ‘It is the still and silent sea that drowns a man‘- Hávamál Last month I sailed with a crew of fifty-five in a 30m (ft) long reconstructed Viking war ship called the Sea Stallion of Glendalough.

Museum of Cultural History, Oslo If you claim that Vikings did not use horned helmets, you are right. If you claim that Vikings used horned helmets, you may also be right. However, horned helmets were probably only used on very special occasions if we are to interpret images depicted on textiles found in the Oseberg Viking ship grave. Costume designer Carl Emil Doepler got his inspiration from Germanic artworks, and in the opera he equipped the evil characters with horned helmets while the heroes got helmets decorated with wings made of feathers.

They were placed next to each other in a made bed inside s burial chamber placed right at the mast. Ever since the excavation in , there are put forward many theories about whom these women were. Inside the Oseberg ship grave there were in addition to the beautifully decorated Viking ship itself, discovered hundreds of objects for both everyday use and solemn occasions, including one richly decorated wooden cart probably used in religious ceremonies.

The grave also contained the largest collection of textiles and textile tools ever discovered in a single Viking Age grave, and all the beautiful and colorful fabrics are uniquely well-preserved due to the surprisingly good storage conditions inside the burial mound. Including the famous tapestry showing a religious procession, the so-called Oseberg Tapestry, many other textiles such as exotic silk thread embroideries imported from Central Asia were found.

There were also discovered several narrow tapestries thought to have lined the grave chamber. They portray a variety of people, some obviously wearing a costume, along with wagons, animals and buildings, most likely representing different religious scenes.

1,000-year-old Viking boat grave unearthed in Norway

From Wikipedia” The Oseberg ship Norwegian: This ship is commonly acknowledged to be among the finer artifacts to have survived from the Viking Era. The Oseberg burial mound Norwegian: Oseberghaugen ved Slagen from the Old Norse word haugr meaning kurgan mound or barrow contained numerous grave goods and two female human skeletons. The ship’s interment into its burial mound dates from AD, but parts of the ship date from around , and the ship itself is thought to be older.

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Ancient Chinese Explorers Proof in the planking The secret of the Viking ship lay in its unique construction. Using a broad ax rather than a saw, expert woodworkers would first split oak tree trunks into long, thin planks. They then fastened the boards with iron nails to a single sturdy keel and then to each other, one plank overlapping the next. The Vikings gave shape to the hull using this “clinker” technique rather than the more conventional method of first building an inner skeleton for the hull.

Next, the boatbuilders affixed evenly spaced floor timbers to the keel and not to the hull; this insured resilience and flexibility. They then added crossbeams to provide a deck and rowing benches, and secured a massive beam along the keel to support the mast. Discovered in Norway in , the Oseberg ship, the best preserved Viking ship ever found, reveals its Norse shipbuilders’ graceful construction style. Modern replicas have achieved speeds of up to 14 knots. In marked contrast to modern sailboats, the ships’ lack of a big, vertical keel meant that they were highly maneuverable and could easily penetrate shallow surf and river estuaries.

Seafarers steered using a single side rudder on the right, the ‘starboard’ or “steering board” side. The term ‘starboard’ is thought to have originated in the Viking era. They could also reef the square sails in strong winds and adjust them to permit rapid tacking. Preserved to the present Famous discoveries of Viking ships at Gokstad and Oseberg, Norway, in and , respectively, established the classic image of the dragon-headed warship.

Secrets of Viking Ships

Share 0 Image Credit: Since then the search has been on to uncover the life, function, destruction and, not least, the precise dating of the Viking fortress. Now a new find has produced a break-through in the investigation. In the period a programme of new excavations is made possible by a grant from the A.

In a remarkable archaeological site was uncovered at Oseberg, Norway. It consisted of an astonishingly well-preserved Viking ship that contained the remains of two women along with a wide array of accompanying grave goods.

When archaeologists excavated inside the Fyrkat Viking fortress they discovered something unusual. All houses inside the ringfort lacked fireplaces. This could only mean that people lived outside the fortress and not inside the houses as one would assume. It is located at Trelleborg near Slagelse on Sealand, an hour’s drive south from Copenhagen. Aerial view of Trelleborg viking fortress. Trelleborg Viking fortress is not mentioned in any known ancient texts which is somewhat surprising considering its importance.

Construction of this huge ringforts requires a lot of hard work, many people and was time consuming. Historians suggest the absence of written sources can be explained by the fact the fortresses were apparently only in use for a very short time, perhaps for as little as years. Trelleborg has been dated using dendrochronological dating of timber from its moats and the results show the fortress was built around the year

Archaeologists in N. Iceland discover Viking age chief buried in ship with his sword and dog

The grave is believed to date back to the 9th or 10th centuries. The sword, which was found close to the surface is in very poor condition. The archeologists expect to remove the sword from the ground today. A site of regional significance during Viking Age The archeological dig takes place north of the town of Akureyri at a site which is believed to have been of enormous local importance during the Viking age.

Viking art, also known commonly as Norse art, is a term widely accepted for the art of Scandinavian Norsemen and Viking settlements further afield—particularly in the British Isles and Iceland—during the Viking Age of the 8thth centuries CE. Viking art has many design elements in common with Celtic, Germanic, the later Romanesque and Eastern European art, sharing many influences with.

The sole responsibility for the content of each Tentative List lies with the State Party concerned. The publication of the Tentative Lists does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever of the World Heritage Committee or of the World Heritage Centre or of the Secretariat of UNESCO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its boundaries.

Property names are listed in the language in which they have been submitted by the State Party Description Part of transnational serial nomination Aggersborg N56 59 43, E9 15 17; Fyrkat N56 37 23, E9 46 13; Trelleborg N55 23 39, E11 15 55 The Viking serial nomination comprises land-, sea- and townscapes stretching from the North Atlantic to the Baltic Sea. Among the thousands of Viking sites from the eighth to the twelfth centuries AD, these nine nominated properties from six nations are outstanding examples representing the wide diversity of this early maritime culture.

In the Viking Age the Norse peoples – the Vikings – developed a maritime culture which had an enormous impact on Northern Europe and beyond. Within Scandinavia the Viking Period witnessed the transformation from tribal to state societies and a change of religions. The three Christian kingdoms that developed from this transformation, and out of which the present Nordic States evolved, were by the end of the Viking Age an integral part of Europe.

Thus, in modern times, Viking culture has contributed significantly to the creation of cultural coherence, symbolic values and cultural identity in the Nordic region, and it continues to hold immense public appeal world-wide. This culture and its heritage developed in close interaction within a unique natural environment. It is composed of distinctive urban landscapes and monuments. The culture also produced one of the world’s great literatures:

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