#Viking Age

14th Annual Sons of Norway Barneløpet Ski Event

Free fun children’s cross country ski event for ages 3 to 13. The 14th Annual Sons of Norway Barneløpet will be held on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Riverside Park in Saint Cloud, MN. On-site registration will be available starting at 11:30 a.m., but pre-registration by mail is...
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New Dates Offer Clues to the Dawn of the Viking Age

AARHUS, DENMARK—According to a statement released by Aarhus University, artifacts unearthed at the market town of Ribe in southwest Jutland have been precisely dated in order to trace the development of Viking trade networks with Norway, Western Europe, and the Middle East. The new technique employs solar particle events, which cause a spike in atmospheric radiocarbon, to create a calibration curve and reduce the uncertainty in radiocarbon dating. Such spikes are identified in tree rings and archaeological sequences, explained team leader Bente Philippsen. The researchers were able to identify a spike in atmospheric radiocarbon in a layer at Ribe and dated it to A.D. 775, which allowed them to anchor another 140 radiocarbon dates at the site. Thus, goods imported from Norway have been dated to A.D. 750, said researcher Søren Sindbæk, and the arrival of large numbers of beads from the Islamic empire in the Middle East has been dated to A.D. 790, with a margin of error of just ten years. The beads signal the expansion of trade networks and the beginning of the Viking Age, he explained. To read about another recent discovery from Ribe, go to "Viking Roles."
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SCIENCE & TECH: Long-Distance Trade Revealed at Medieval Danish Viking Center

Revolutionary new advances in radiocarbon dating techniques have enabled scientists to more precisely determine the chronology and dynamics of Viking Age trade networks based on a medieval Danish Viking center near Ribe, Denmark. To be published today in the journal Nature, the Danish Viking center study uses a technique that pinpoints radiocarbon data to a single year.
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Single-year radiocarbon dating anchors Viking Age trade cycles in time

Recent discoveries of rapid changes in the atmospheric 14C concentration linked to solar particle events have spurred the construction of new radiocarbon annual calibration datasets1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13. With these datasets, radiocarbon dating becomes relevant for urban sites, which require dates at higher resolution than previous calibration datasets could offer. Here we use a single-year radiocarbon calibration curve to anchor the archaeological stratigraphy of a Viking Age trade centre in time. We present absolutely dated evidence for artefact finds charting the expansion of long-distance trade from as far away as Arctic Norway and the Middle East, which we linked to the beginning of the Viking Age at ad"‰790"‰Â±"‰10. The methods developed here enable human interactions and cultural, climatic and environmental changes to be compared in archaeological stratigraphies worldwide.
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Commercial expansion likely led to the start of the Viking Age, study says

The so-called Viking Age, during which Scandinavian pirates, merchants and settlers spread across a vast area from Canada to Uzbekistan, probably started thanks to the growth of trade networks within Scandinavia and with neighboring regions from Europe bathed by the Rhine river, like the present-day Germany and Holland. The data...

Solar flare throws light on ancient trade between the Islamic Middle East and the Viking Age — ScienceDaily

Mobility shaped the human world profoundly long before the modern age. But archaeologists often struggle to create a timeline for the speed and impact of this mobility. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Urban Network Evolutions at Aarhus University (UrbNet) has now made a breakthrough by applying new astronomical knowledge about the past activity of the sun to establish an exact time anchor for global links in the year 775 CE.