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What to think about when making historical clothing

Lately I have received a lot of questions regarding how to make different historical clothes, if I can make viking clothes for people and if I can show people how to make clothes. Earlier I actually made clothes for people, but as it is a lot of work, I stopped doing this last year. Instead …

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Leikvin viking market, June 2022

The first event we went on this year, was Leikvin. It was super nice to be back, both back at Leikvin and back in business. The Leikvin market is very beautiful and calm, giving us a chance to just be, make food, have a good time and relax. Here are some pictures from this years …

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A virtual reality movie at Uppåkra

The last time we visited Uppåkra arkeologiska center just outside Lund in Sweden, we got the possibility to participate in a movie recording for the museum. It's not the first time we were participating in some sort of movie, but it was definitely the first time filming in 3D for a movie meant to be …

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A crafty dictionary

Very often there are words, expressions and technical terms connected to crafts that can be hard to understand and hard to explain. I wish I learned some of these expressions when I started doing sewing.I therefore decided to make a little dictionary with some of the words and technical terms that we use often in …

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Making some everyday viking magic in the snow

If you already follow me on Instagram or Facebook you've probably already seen me talk about this already, but I think it is very important - especially now that we are in the situation we are in. Many struggle to find meaningful content in everyday life, many feel sad, tired and that it is difficult …

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December 24nd – The burial field at Skei

The Skei burial field is located at the farm Skei, in Sparbu in Trøndelag. Skei is the largest prehistoric burial field in the Northern parts of Trøndelag with around 120 visible graves of different shapes and sizes. Most of the mounds are either round or elongated mounds. The elongated mounds seems to most often be …

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December 23th – Brooches

Probably as long as we humans has worn clothes, brooches of various kinds have excised. First they were probably made of bones and other natural materials, and later they were made of different metals. The word 'brooch' is a common archaeological term for artfully designed needles that were meant to hold textile (as in garments) …

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Desember 22nd – Beads

I know I've been writing about beads many times before, but beads really do something to me, especially historical beads. They are so beautiful, so well-made and so unique.Did you know that the first objects made from glass were in fact beads? It is a bit unclear exactly when the art of glass making was …

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December 21st – Tomasmesse and the jól celebration

It has been some days now since Anna pissihose the 9th of December, and the day people would normally start brewing their jól ale back in the days. Today, the 21nd of December, is called Tomasmesse, 'Tomas brewer' or 'Tomas full barrel'. The jól ale should be done and put on barrels by today, because …

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December 20th – Berlokk

As I've been saying before, throughout human history, we have enjoyed dressing up and wearing beautiful things. Such items were not necessarily just beautiful to look at, they also said something about the status and rank of the person wearing them. Fine objects could also be used for trading, and to make powerful alliances.During the …

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December 19th – The brooch from Melhus, Overhalla

Jewelry wasn't just for decoration. They were also functional. In the Iron Age, pair of brooches were often used to hold a dress in place at the shoulders, while a stronger and more elaborate brooch could fasten a cloak or shawl. Some brooches, such as some relief brooches from the Migration period, are so large, …

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December 17th – Soapstone

Soapstone is a very interesting material. It is a stone, but it is so soft, you could make a mark in the stone with your finger nail and therefore easy to process. The soapstone is also refractory and has had significant use as a building block, for fireplaces and household utensils. Many old church buildings …

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December 15th – Fuþork inscriptions from Trondheim

Are you ready for some more runic inscriptions? As I have already mentioned, we have a ton of runic inscriptions form Trondheim, Bergen, Oslo and Tønsberg. The runic inscriptions found in the ground of these cities, are mostly from the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries, and they are referred to as 'the city runes'. Most …

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December 14th – Belt stones

Lighting a candle or making a fire in the fireplace is something we do a lot these days. It is cold, it is dark (at least here in the north) and we need light and warmth. Also, today we see candlelight, a burning flame or a light fireplace as something very cozy and atmospheric. Throughout …

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December 13th – Finger rings

Jewelry has been around for a long time, and finger rings is something that we all have a relation to. Some love to wear them, others hate them. Although some wear rings just as ornaments, to dress up or to feel nice, others might wear them to show status or wealth. Rings also have symbolic …

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December 12th – The silver treasure from Trondheim

September 4, 1950 was not going to be a normal day at work for those who at that time were digging the ground at Dronningens gate 10 in Trondheim. The reason for the digging was that they were going to expand the buildings of the Hovedpostkontoret (the main post office) in Trondheim. During the dig, …

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December 11th – Archaeological finds handed in by Olaf A. Digre

Yesterday I wrote a long post about my mother's uncle, Olaf A. Digre. If you want to read it, you can find the post here. Among other things, he worked as a priest, archaeologist, safety inspector and he was in charge of all historical coins at the museum in Trondheim. He also did a lot …

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December 10th – My great uncle, Olaf Andreas Digre

Today my calendar will be a bit different and perhaps a bit longer than usual. I will be writing about my mother's uncle, Olaf Andreas Digre. He is probably the main reason why I am so interested in history, archaeology and cultural heritage. As I grew up, I would always hear stories about this man …

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