Jorvik Viking Festival

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Richard Hall Symposium
23rd February 2020
9:45am - 4:00pm
£35/£30 concession
De Grey lecture theatre, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, YO31 7EX

Hear about the latest fascinating research from leading Viking experts at the annual Festival Symposium.

This day-long event is a rare opportunity for Viking enthusiasts to be immersed in the latest thinking about Viking culture and history.

Confirmed speakers so far:
Maria Nørgaard (project leader at Vikinger på Rejse, Denmark)
Dr Gareth Williams (British Museum)
Professor Lesley Abrams (University of Oxford)
Dr Jane Kershaw (University of Oxford)

9am - Registration and hot drinks

9.45 am - Introduction and opening remarks: David Jennings, York Archaeological Trust

9.55 am - Plenary 1: Gareth Williams, British Museum – Vikings and the Islamic World: contacts and perceptions

10.50am - Comfort break

11am – Plenary 2: Lesley Abrams, Balliol College, University of Oxford - Life on the Road: the religious life of viking armies

11.55pm - Comfort Break

12.05pm – Short papers Eleanor Drew, University of York – ‘The Centre of my Realm, where all Riches are Concentrated’: the role of the First Bulgarian Kingdom within the Viking world
Paul Sherman, independent - Between Two Kingdoms? Viking-age activity at Crossens on the Ribble Estuary
Rosalind Kerven, independent – Opportunity Lost: attitudes of Norse travellers and traders in Vinland

1.15pm - Lunch

2.15pm – Plenary 3: Jane Kershaw, University of Oxford - The supply of lead to Viking-age York: new evidence from lead-isotope analysis

3.10pm – Refreshments

3.40pm - Plenary 4: Maria Nørgaard - Travelling across Land: reconstruction and testing of Viking- age horse harness, wagon and sleigh

4.35pm - Questions for Speakers

5pm – End

Pre-booking is essential.

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