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Viking Culture Summer Schools in Orkney

Summer school in Orkney; 9 - 13 July 2012
When Jul 09, 2012 09:00 AM to
Jul 13, 2012 05:00 PM
Where Centre for Nordic Studies, Kirkwall
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Contact Phone 01856 569300
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This summer programme will take you to the Orkney Islands of Rousay and Egilsay, and to the mythical Maeshowe chambered tomb. Lec- tures and fieldtrips will follow the themes be- low:

  • Viking Voyages: Dr. Donna Heddle from the Centre for Nordic Studies guides us to the Vi- kings’ voyages, navigation and ship building techniques. The field trip visits a Viking har- bour.
  • Viking Society: Norse pre-Christian religion and conversion, their law and administrative organisation. We visit the seat of the Earl of Orkney and cult site of St Magnus.
  • Everyday life: What did the Vikings wear, how did they live, what did they eat? We explore practical life in the Viking age with a hands-on approach and opportunities to taste.
  • Saga day: Day trip to the islands of Rousay and Egilsay, where we visit pivotal sites from the Orkneyinga Saga while learning about the literature of the Norse people.
  • Runes day: Make your own runic inscription while learning about the ancient writing of the Vikings. The field trip visits Maeshowe cham- bered tomb, containing Britain’s largest assem- blage of runic inscriptions.


Cost: £400 per week / £250 for local island residents

See here for further information or download our leaflet (pdf)

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