Reconstruction Viking boats at the Lofotr Vikingmuseum, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Copyright D. Starley
The image of Viking raiders is familiar from popular television and film, and evidence for migration from Scandinavia in the Viking period is found on archaeological sites across the North Atlantic from Shetland to North America. Historical documents have been used to indicate the timing and nature of this migration, but scientific dating evidence from archaeological sites increasingly suggests complex behaviour over an extended period of time.
This project, funded by the British Academy, aims to evaluate and reinterpret the scientific and archaeological dating evidence, in order to discuss the timing, duration, nature and impact of the migration. In addition to addressing academic questions, the project is also developing resources for teachers and children, using archaeological evidence to explore Viking migration and settlement.
The project started in October 2012 and is currently under development. Over the next months the website will be supplemented with resources that will be of interest to a variety of people:
More material will be added to the website soon, but in the meantime please do keep up-to-date via the project blog.