Viking experts from across the Midlands are coming together at The University of Nottingham to present the Twelfth annual Midlands Viking Symposium.
The Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Leeds are running the event which is designed to bring together academics and non-academics who are interested in Viking studies.
The one-day event is an opportunity for members of the public to listen to talks by specialists from a variety of disciplines whose work contributes to research in Viking Studies in Scandinavia, the British Isles and further afield.
New archaeological discoveries
The illustrated talks will reflect current research, much of it not yet published and so not widely known, and will cover scientific approaches, new archaeological discoveries, and new information from old documents.
Several of the talks will have a local focus, particularly Rebecca Gregory on the Viking influence on Nottinghamshire place-names, and Wendy Scott on recent finds reported to the Portable Antiquities scheme.
A highlight of the day will be Adam and Emma Parsons, who will be showing and talking about the work they are doing in recreating Viking Age artefacts.
What really went on in the Viking age?
Professor Judith Jesch, Director at the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at The University of Nottingham said: “There is currently a lot of interest in the Vikings in popular culture, but what people may not realise is that the academic research going on in this field is just as exciting.
“We are very proud to present the Twelfth Annual Midlands Viking Symposium, at which the latest finds and findings are presented in an accessible way for anyone who would like to know more about what really went on in the Viking Age.”
The Symposium will take place on Saturday 23 April at The University of Nottingham – between 10am and 5pm and costs £30 per person (£20 for students). This includes registration, all handouts, lunch and refreshments.
If you wish to attend, you need to register by the 19 April and you can do so online at the University store or for more information visit the website.
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