Archeological News: Surtshellir (“Surt’s Cave), Iceland

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A group of archeologists from the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University have written a paper on their work at Surtshellir (“Surt’s Cave”) in Iceland. The paper is behind a paywall ($35.95 for 48 hours of access; not in this week’s budget, maybe next payday), but Live Science has a free article about it […]

Video Reconstruction of “The Gausel Queen” Grave

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Archeologist Ragnar L. Børsheim has created a short video reconstruction of “The Gausel Queen” grave, showing what the grave goods would have looked like, and mixed in the photos of the actual artifacts from the museum. From the summary: “Among the objects were oval brooches of giltet bronze an sliver, a third brooch of massive […]

Fashioning the Viking Age – A Web Exhibition

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Researchers from the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen have reconstructed the clothing found in two of the most famous Viking Age graves in Denmark. The reconstructed garments from two graves dated to the 900s; a man’s grave from Bjerringhøj, Mammen, and a woman’s grave from Hvilehøj. Both we interred in large burial mounds on […]

The Saga of Gudmund the Grunch—A Recently Discovered Yule Story!

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The presenters of the Saga Thing podcast present an entertaining recitation of a recently-discovered tale, “The Saga of Gudmund the Grunch“! A fun way to spend 18 minutes of your Yule!   [Image description: A furry green cartoon character waering an eyepatch and a grey hat in the style of Odin, and the words “The […]

Shab-e-Yalda: Observing the Winter Solstice with Poetry and Pomegranates

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If you are looking for new ideas to mark the Winter Solstice, this article by Elmira Jafari about Shab-e-Yalda (also called “Shab-e-Chelleh”) has some inspiration! The festival was adopted by the Persians from the Babylonians, and is celebrated in modern times in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan as well. In addition to keeping a fire […]


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