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KnowledgeHub: Why the Vikings Disappeared

KnowledgeHub investigates why the infamous warriors of the Middle Ages disappeared. Raiding the coasts of Europe, the age of Vikings lasted about 300 years. What caused the end of the Vikings age?  

Viking Ship at Sea 360 Video Tour with Dan Snow

Watch this 360 tour of a Viking ship at sea! The video quality isn’t excellent, but it doesn’t matter when brilliant British historian Dan Snow gives us unprecedented insight into the ancient technology of the Vikings.  

Cornell University Library: Ivory Vikings | Nancy Marie Brown

In the early 19th century, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory and whales’ teeth between AD 1150-1200. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard’s …

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Dan Snow’s History Hit: Battle of Hastings 1066 – The English Camp

More than 1,000 soldiers re-enacted English history’s defining battle on the site in East Sussex where the Battle of Hastings took place 950 years ago. In this video, Dan Snow tours the English battle camp before the re-enactment battle.  

TED-Ed: Where did Russia come from?

Russia is the biggest country in the world, spanning one-eighth of the earth’s landmass. But where did it all begin? Alex Gendler explores the epic history of the Kievan Rus, where characters ranging from Viking raiders and Western crusaders to Byzantine missionaries and Mongol hordes all played a role to create a unique civilization standing …

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CBC: Possible New Viking Site in Newfoundland

Researchers believe they’ve found a second Viking settlement in Newfoundland.  

History Buffs: Vikings Historical Accuracy and Season 4 Predictions

What better way to kick off 2016 than with a video on Vikings! And whilst this show may not be the most accurate, it is definitely my favorite. Over the course of this review I will have explained why.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 7 – Daily Life in Viking Ireland

What do walrus tusks and amber beads have to do with everyday life in Dublin during the Viking Age? Dr Patrick F Wallace, former Director of the National Museum, discusses finds from excavations from one of the world’s best preserved Viking towns: Dublin.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 6 – The Irish & the Vikings

What contact was there between the Irish and Vikings and how can we tell? And were slaves really traded in Dublin? Eamonn Kelly, Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, explains how Irish society was different from the Vikings, where the Irish lived and the interaction between the Vikings and the Irish.  

Naval War College: Lincoln Paine: The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

Lincoln Paine, “The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World” Eight Bells Book Lecture, Naval War College Museum, Jan. 16, 2014. Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the …

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National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 5 – Arrival of Vikings & Beliefs

Are Viking burial sites still being discovered and what can they tell us? Maeve Sikora, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, discusses what the Vikings believed, and how objects found in graves excavated in Dublin help us understand Viking culture.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 4 – Viking Women in Ireland

What can the artefacts found buried with Viking women in Ireland tell us about their lives? Maeve Sikora, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, focuses on everyday objects excavated at burial sites and what they tell us about the role of women at the time.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 3 – Viking Wealth & Trade

Were cows ever used as currency in Ireland? Did the Vikings in Ireland use coins from the Middle East? Dr Andy Halpin, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, shows how Viking trade routes introduced coinage from Arabic and Anglo-Saxon societies.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 2 – Weapons – The Sword

Can we tell the difference between a Viking sword and an Irish one? And why would you x-ray a sword today? Dr Andy Halpin, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, discusses the Museum’s newest Viking sword, discovered in the River Shannon near Banagher in 2012. Carol Smith, Conservator at the National Museum, explains …

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National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 1 – Weapons – The Axe

What’s the difference between a Viking axe designed as a weapon and one designed for cutting wood? Dr Andy Halpin, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, discusses three newly discovered Viking battle axes found at Lough Corrib in Co. Galway.  

Stockholm University: Viking Age dragon’s head – “a sensational discovery”

In May 2015 a unique dragon’s head was found during an excavation in the Viking Age harbour on the island of Birka, which lies a few miles from Stockholm. The find is described as “sensational” by Lena Holmquist, Associate Professor at Stockholm University and one of the archaeologists that discovered the Viking Age dragon’s head. …

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Keepin it Karl: 8 Incredible Archaeological Discoveries!

Incredible archaeological discoveries! These are some of the most intense ancient archaeological discoveries ever in human history.  

Yale University: Anders Winroth | The Conversion of Scandinavia

Professor Winroth, who was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003, specializes in the history of medieval Europe, especially religious, intellectual and legal history as well as the Viking Age. We talk with him about his new book, “The Conversion of Scandinavia: Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe,” which recently won the …

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Kansas City Public Library: Anders Winroth | The Age of the Vikings

The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by medieval and modern myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and developed a vast trading network. They traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships, not only to raid …

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Yale University: In the Company of Scholars Lecture Series | “Circa 1000”

Valerie Hansen, Mary Miller, and Anders Winroth discuss the world in the year 1000, when the different regions of the world participated in complex networks. Archaeological excavations reveal that the Vikings reached L’Anse aux Meadows, Canada, at roughly the same time that the Kitan people defeated China’s Song dynasty and established a powerful empire stretching …

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