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The Ancient Slavs: Early Slavic Weapons, Wariors and Warfare. Slav military tactics, oranization and society. The culture and military history of the ancient and early Slavs, from their origins to their split into Eastern, Western and Southern Slavs.

GENETIC BOUNDARIES: 'A pioneering study into [Britain's] genetic heritage ... shows that up to 40 per cent of [British] DNA may be from Germanic ancestors, and not the Vikings, thanks to the Anglo-Saxon migrations in 450-600AD. The project, carried out by Oxford University, is particularly interesting because it would seem that this genetic make-up bears out those old traditions and clichés about how [people] relate to each other. So the age-old rivalries between Devon and Cornwall – take…

GENETIC BOUNDARIES: 'A pioneering study into [Britain's] genetic heritage ... shows that up to 40 per cent of [British] DNA may be from Germanic ancestors, and not the Vikings, thanks to the Anglo-Saxon migrations in 450-600AD. The project, carried out by Oxford University, is particularly interesting because it would seem that this genetic make-up bears out those old traditions and clichés about how [people] relate to each other. So the age-old rivalries between Devon and Cornwall – take…

immigrants from Denmark, Netherlands, and Germany spoke a cluster of related dialects falling within the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. Their language began to develop its own distinctive features in isolation from the continental Germanic languages, and by 600 A.D. had developed into what we call Old English or Anglo-Saxon, covering the territory of most of modern England.

immigrants from Denmark, Netherlands, and Germany spoke a cluster of related dialects falling within the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. Their language began to develop its own distinctive features in isolation from the continental Germanic languages, and by 600 A.D. had developed into what we call Old English or Anglo-Saxon, covering the territory of most of modern England.

Viking Age molds for making silver pendants--Crucifixes & Mjolnir (Thor's Hammer). The far right mold could be used for making either depending on the customer. Mjolnir pendants only became popular to compete with the crosses worn by those with the new religion at the spread of Christianity.

Viking Age molds for making silver pendants--Crucifixes & Mjolnir (Thor's Hammer). The far right mold could be used for making either depending on the customer. Mjolnir pendants only became popular to compete with the crosses worn by those with the new religion at the spread of Christianity.

A boat burial from Kaupang, Norway, early tenth century. Illustration by Þórhallur Þráinsson, © Neil Price

A boat burial from Kaupang, Norway, early tenth century. Illustration by Þórhallur Þráinsson, © Neil Price

Viking Thor’s Hammer Pendant, 10th Century AD  Silver pendant in the shape of a stylized hammer. The obverse side engraved with interlaced bands. The suspension ring in the shape of an eagle’s head. Rare evidence of the veneration of Norse gods from the early period of Christianization.

Viking Thor’s Hammer Pendant, 10th Century AD Silver pendant in the shape of a stylized hammer. The obverse side engraved with interlaced bands. The suspension ring in the shape of an eagle’s head. Rare evidence of the veneration of Norse gods from the early period of Christianization.

owl-of-the-rear-burghs:  iron-imperialist:  guthbrand:  From Wulfheodnas  Let me let you all in on a little secret about Anglo-Saxon reenactment… Wulfheodenas has the best kit. They just do. The one guy (just behind the man in focus) paid out of pocket for exact reproductions of everything in the Sutton Hoo ship burial, made out of the original materials. All gold, garnet, silver. He’s the Sutton Hoo guy, in real life.   Dear god this is amazing.

owl-of-the-rear-burghs: iron-imperialist: guthbrand: From Wulfheodnas Let me let you all in on a little secret about Anglo-Saxon reenactment… Wulfheodenas has the best kit. They just do. The one guy (just behind the man in focus) paid out of pocket for exact reproductions of everything in the Sutton Hoo ship burial, made out of the original materials. All gold, garnet, silver. He’s the Sutton Hoo guy, in real life. Dear god this is amazing.

Information, videos and "Dig it up" Game at BBC's Primary History on the Anglo-Saxons. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/anglo_saxons

Information, videos and "Dig it up" Game at BBC's Primary History on the Anglo-Saxons. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/anglo_saxons

possible depiction of the Viking wolf Fenrir from Dublin, between the 9th and 11th centuries CE

possible depiction of the Viking wolf Fenrir from Dublin, between the 9th and 11th centuries CE

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