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Michael 123 is a stone cross fragment in Kirk Michael on the Isle of Man. It depicts a woman in a trailing dress with a staff in her hand on the upper part. The lower part depicts a tethered, saddled horse. The side of the cross includes a runic…

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A small sign marking the location of the Viking Age boat burial near Scar, on the north coast of Sanday, Orkney. Excavated in November/December 1991 and published in Olwyn Owen and Magnar Dalland, Scar: A Viking Boat Burial on Sanday, Orkney, 2000.

Late Viking Age granite rune-stone, originally from Morby in Uppland, Sweden, now in Universitetsparken, Uppsala. Signed by the renowned rune-carver Øpir, it was commissioned by a woman, probably called Gullaug, in memory of her daughter Gillaug,…

One section of the Skylitzes manuscript illustrates how the Varangian Guard, an elite mercenary unit mainly consisting of Scandinavians in Byzantine service, dealt with the death of one of their number. The deceased had attempted to rape a woman, so…

In one section of the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm representing the Viking period, Swedish women are represented in one individual display case by a great number of keys found in various archaeological digs. Keys are everyday and familiar…

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Review of Anderson, S. and Swenson, K. (eds), 2002 'Cold Counsel: Women in Old Norse Literature and Mythology. A Collection of Essays' (London and New York: Routledge).

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On pp. 89-91, a review of:
Jochens, J., 1995 'Women in Old Norse Society' (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press)
Jochens, J., 1996 'Old Norse Images of Women' (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press)

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A review of Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir, 2013 'Women in Old Norse Literature: Bodies, Words, and Power.' The New Middle Ages (New York: Palgrave Macmillan)

A review of Jesch, J., 1991 'Women in the Viking Age' (Woodbridge: Boydell) written by Carolyne Larrington and published in Alvismal. The link is to a pdf of the review.

This pendants (or clothing appliqué) were found in:

1. Suffolk, England (left, upper corner)
2. Tissø, Denmark (right, upper corner)
3. Truso (current Janów Pomorski) Poland (left, lower corner)
4. Björkö, Adelsö, Uppland, Sweden…

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A blog post about women in the Viking Age and what the Oseberg ship burial means for our understanding of their levels of power and agency.

Sculpture seen in Museet Ribes Vikinger. We think it may represent Sif, or Freyja. Any other suggestions welcome!

Round brooch in the collections of the MAA, Cambridge. Photo taken during the Languages, Myths and Finds workshop on handling artefacts. More information about this artefact forthcoming.

Article by Colm Moriarty in the blog 'Irish Archaeology' about the Ballynolan Thistle Brooch in the collections of the MAA in Cambridge.

The Ballynolan thistle brooch was found near Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick, and is housed in the collections of the MAA, Cambridge. Discovered 1836 by a Mr John Kennedy whilst clearing stones. This Celtic style of brooch was typical of Ireland, and was a…

An oval brooch (Sweden) in the collections of the MAA, Cambridgein the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge. Oval brooches were a distinctively Scandinavian dress item, and are relatively rare finds in England.

Photo taken during…

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Brooches from a woman's grave discovered on Unst, on display in Shetland Museum and Archives. These are replicas of the items held in the National Museum of Scotland.

This beautiful ear scoop was discovered in excavations on the island of Birka (Björkö) in the late nineteenth century. It features a figure which has been interpreted as a valkyrie, and was probably a very high-status item.For higher…
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