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Updated Timetable (all congress sessions now at Liverpool University, 23-29 July 2022)

Saturday 23 July 202210am-1pm Arrival in Liverpool


1-2pm open buffet lunch

2.00 welcome


2.30-4 pm
Session 1: 4 papers

4.30 – 5.30pm
Session 2: 3 papers
welcome reception with light food;
public lecture, Mark Redknap at VGM
Total papers per day



Sunday 24, 9-11am
Session 3: 5 papers
11.30am -1pm
Session 4: 4 papers
Session 5: 5 papers
Session 6: 4 papers
Museum of Liverpool reception (Pier Head)18
Monday 25All day fieldtrip to North WalesN WalesN WalesJohn Hines Bangor meal0
Tuesday 26, 9-11am
Session: 7a: 5 papers
Session: 7b: 5 papers
11.30am – 1pm
Session 8: 4 papers
Session 9: 5 papers
Session 10: 4 papers
7.00 pm public lecture by Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and reception at Liverpool University23
Wednesday 27, 9-11am
Session 11a: 5 papers
Session 11b: 5 papers
11.30am – 1pm
Session 12: 4 papers
Packed Lunch, trip to Chester/WirralChester/ Wirral, light tea at West KirbyOpen evening14
Thursday 28, 9-11am,:
Session 13: 5 papers
Session 14: 4 papers
Session 15: 5 papers
Congress Meeting
7.30 Congress dinner at Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool14
Friday 29, 9-11am
Session 16: 5 papers
Session 17: roundup
Depart for tour/ Departure/ end of main congress(see Fiona Edmonds’s outline for tour itinerary) 7


Saturday 23 July

Session 1 (4 papers) – Essence of Viking (Chair David Griffiths)
Lesley AbramsScandinavian England, not just the Northwest.
Jan BillDisentangling the Viking ship.
Unn PedersenOseberg: crafting communities and expressive objects.
Neil PriceA matter of competitive control: Warfighting skillsets in the Viking armies of western Europe.

Session 2 (3) – Changing perceptions (Chair Clare Downham)
Cat JarmanThe Viking Age from a bioarchaeological perspective, what have we learnt?
Emily Lethbridge“Enterprising ladies”, Women travellers and the Saga steads of Iceland.
Shannon Lewis-SimpsonGender mainstreaming in the Viking Age.

Sunday 24 July

Session 3 (5) – Irish Sea connections 1 (Chair Nancy Edwards)
Russell Ó Ríagán*The Viking Age in the Overkingdom of Ulaid.
Ben GuyPoetry and taxes – Welsh responses to Viking attacks in the late tenth century.
Caitlin Ellis*Um Írlandshaf: Presentations of the Irish Sea in the Long Viking Age.
Gísli SigurðssonThe Last Viking Down, Magnús Berfœtr and his legacy among the great-grandchildren in Iceland.
Stephen Harrison & Steve AshbyThe York Dublin axis networking project, a preliminary report.

Session 4 (4) – Material and artistic cultures (Chair James Graham-Campbell)
Marianne MoenThe Pyre or the Power, a discussion of Suttee and the social status of widows.
Caroline PatersonExcavations of furnished burials at Carlisle, Cumwhitton and Workington and their contribution to our understanding of Viking-age Cumbria.
Griffin MurrayThe Shrine of St Patrick’s bell and the origins of the Hiberno-Urnes style.
Anne Pedersen & Sigmund OehrlWarrior Saints? Two unusual brooches from the late Viking Age Denmark.

Session 5 (5) – Town life (Chair Stephen Harrison)
Sarah CroixDwellings and Communities in 8-9th century Ribe.
Søren SindbækRibe and the Making of the Viking Age, the evolving networks of a northern emporium.
Sven KalmringBirka’s town Rampart Stadsvallen and the end of the Viking Town.
Thorsten LemmAll roads lead to Hedeby – communication routes, local markets and mercantile interaction in the hinterland of a trading town.
Torun Zachrisson, M. Kjellström, C. LjungCultural Diversity in Life and Death: town dwellers and urban communities in Late Viking Age Sigtuna, Sweden.

Session 6 (4) – Denmark (Chair TBC)
Lene FeveileGlass vessels from 8-9th century Ribe: shapes, decorations and types.
M. S. Bagge & Anne PedersenHorses and horsemanship, a visual statement of power.
Lene B. FrandsenNybro Bridge , a road connection in the southwest part of Jutland.
Mads RungeThe ring fortress Nonnebakken and power structures in Viking Age North-eastern Funen.

(Mon 25 July – All day field trip to N Wales)

Tuesday 26 July  

Session 7a (5) Viking Scotland and its context (Chair David Griffiths)
Charlotte Hillerdal & Gordon NobleRevisiting the earliest Viking settlements on Orkney.
Ingrid Mainland & Jen HarlandThe fat of the land and the riches of the sea: the power politics of agricultural and marine resource exploitation in Viking and Late Norse Scotland.
Nebu George*Making a living in Viking soils: the use of internal space through geochemical analysis.
Elizabeth PierceLiving Outside the Viking World? Identifying Scandinavian activity in central and southern Scotland.
Jane KershawViking Wealth in Irish Sea region, new evidence from lead isotope analysis.

Session 7b (5) – Coins and their power (Chair Mark Redknap)
Svein GullbekkStandardisation in the Viking Age, perceptions of power, value and monetary formats.
Jens-C. MoesgaardWho struck coins in Lund in the 11th century?
Claus FeveileThe Damhus Hoard, near Ribe, new insight into early monetarism in 8-9th century Denmark.
Gitte IngvardsonHoarded Die identical coins reveal network dynamics in non-urbanised Viking society in Bornholm, Denmark.
Nanouschka Myrberg BurströmMoneyers make the world go round: Anglo-Scandinavian coins as traces of Viking networks, resources and individuals.

Session 8 (4) – Wealth, places and people (Chair Lesley Abrams)
Orri VésteinssonSilver and social change in the Viking Age.
Peder GammeltoftSomething borrowed, something new – a re-evaluation of the value of place-names as indicators of Viking-Age market sites.
Gert T. SvendsenAll the Bandits of Normandy: Wealth, Vikings, and the Economic Rationality of Rollo’s Career.
Ben RaffieldInvisible cargoes, invisible markets: comparative perspectives on slave trafficking and sale in the Viking world.

Session 9 (5) – Identity, belief and otherness (Chair Cat Jarman)
Sverrir JakobssonRe-writing the history of the Varangians.
Charlotte Hedenstjerna-JonsonA Varangian in Kiev, reflections on Identity in the eastern Viking world.
Erin McGuireMigrant identities, mortuary citations, and power in Scandinavian Scotland.
Anne Irene Riisøy‘The Body Legal’: marking political and social identity along the Norðvegr.
Nancy L. WickerPublic and Private expression of Religious syncretism in Viking-Age Scandinavian Art.

Session 10 (4) – Burial cultures (Chair Neil Price)
Christian RødsrudThe Gjellestad ship burial: a royal burial site and its surroundings.
Maeve SikoraInsular feasting and dining equipment in Viking graves.
Mari Arentz ØstmoPerformed identities: approaching political topographies using burial data.
Keith Ruiter*Reading new social contexts for Viking-Age atypical burials.

Wednesday 27 July

Session 11a (5) – Camps and towns (Chair Charlotte Hedenstjerna-Jonson)
Julian RichardsDe-bunking the D-shaped enclosure: The Search for Winter Camps of the Viking Great Army.
Christian Cooijmans*A place of contact and contradiction: the social-constructed space(s) of Viking encampment.
Dawn HadleyTents to Towns: Torksey after the Vikings.
Rebecca BoydApart from or A Part of? Considering local contexts for Ireland’s Viking Age Towns.
Immo TrinksComprehensive non-invasive archaeological exploration and mapping of the Swedish Viking settlement and UNESCO World Heritage site Birka and Hovgården.

Session 11b (3) – North Atlantic and Scandinavia (Chair Kevin Edwards)
Á. EinarssonThe Viking age walls of Iceland.
Steffen Stummann HansenPaving the way: Daniel Bruun and Norse building customs in the North Atlantic Arena.
Klaus J. MyrvollThe dynastic background of King Harald Halfdanarson of Nóregr.

Session 12 (4) –Wealth, hoards and precious metals (Chair Jane Kershaw)
James Graham-CampbellWealth on the Isle of Man early tenth century.
Kristin Bornholdt CollinsWealth in Viking-Age Man after c.950: a ‘triskele’ of new hoards with Manx connections from around the Irish Sea area.
John SheehanGold in Viking Age Ireland: display and economy.
Fedir Androschuk & Eva JonssonViking Hoards in Northern Sweden: their find places, content and origin.

(Wed 27 afternoon – Field visits, Chester and Wirral)

Thursday 28 July

Session 13 (5) – Writing, words and names (Chair Judith Jesch)
Joseph McCarthyThe End of an Age: Vernacular Sunday Letters and Viking Raids in England and Ireland.
Jonas WellendorfAustrfaravíssur and religious contacts in conversion period Scandinavia.
Svanhildur ÓskarsdóttirSaints revisited: English and Irish Saints in Icelandic manuscripts.
Magnus KällströmThe Origin of the Staveless runes.
Sofia Pereswetoff-MorathPersonal names of proto-Norse origin on the island of Gotland: how long do they remain in use during the Middle Ages?

Session 14 (4) – places and names in Northern England (Chair Fiona Edmonds)
E.A.J. RyeLinguistic identities in Anglo-Scandinavian England, revisiting the place-name evidence.
Jane HarrisonHuts or halls? The landscape of skáli sites in North-West England.
Ryan FosterThe Scandinavians in Cumberland: elite takeover, mass migration, or something else?

Session 15 (5) – North Atlantic 2 (Chair Orri Vésteinsson)
Helgi D. Michelsen & Ann Sølvia PurkhúsSandur Archaeology, the Faroe Islands: The church site and the buried archaeological environment.
Kevin Edwards et al.Is there a palynological expression of shieling use/transhumance in the North Atlantic?
J. Edward Schofield & Kevin EdwardsNorse impacts on vegetation at the margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet.
Rowan Jackson* & Andy DugmoreObjects of adaptation: the role of play objects in adaptation to environmental change in the North Atlantic Islands.
Sólveig G. BeckThe earliest rotary quernstones in Iceland: The gradual merging of original local manufacture with later Norwegian imports.

Congress council meeting 4.30-6pm, Thursday. No papers at this time.

Friday 29 July

Session 16 (5) – Irish Sea connections 2 (Chair Nancy Edwards)
Dirk SteinforthBetween pagan Scandinavia and the Christian occident, tracing bicultural Viking-Age imagery in the Irish Sea region.
Zanette T GlørstadInsular harness mounts in Norway, Denmark and England: New perspectives on cultural integration and networks across the North Sea.
Ruth JohnsonA 12th century graffito from the Coombe, Dublin.
Raghnall Ó FloinnLate and early post-Viking Age insular dress pins, a reassessment. (to be given online)

Session 17 (2) – final session (Chair Clare Downham)
Fedir AndroschukInterview with Cat Jarman (in person and online)

summing up
Departure for those not on study tour.

Friday 29 July

After lunch, study tour begins (for those taking part, see separate documentation).