Vikings and the little ice age: The end of beef and beer

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While many of the stereotypical myths about Vikings being marauding adventurers have been proven to be just that, myths, there is one truth that is well documented. They knew how to win friends and influence people when they settled in a new land.

An ongoing archaeological dig of a farmstead called Hrísbrúin Mosfell Valley, in southwestern Iceland, led by Dr. Davide Zori, the archeological field director for the Mosfell Archaeological Project in Iceland, has shed some light on the Viking settlement there and how a changing climate may have changed their way of life., putting an end to brewing beer and raising cattle.

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 The Mosfell Valley site includes a Viking Chief’s 100-foot longhouse as well as a great hall where feasts were held. Carbon dating has shown the structures were built between the late 9th century and early 10th century. Further studies show the site was abandoned in the 11th century.
The fascinating part of this story is the way archaeological evidence has been combined with ancient Viking historical texts to give us a picture of the group’s culture. “These texts read almost like novels,” Zori said in a statement. “They talk about daily life. Yes, the Vikings may have put axes to one another’s heads, but these accounts also describe milking cows.”
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An amazing video by Rachael Harding and Karl Parker

Ásatrú: an Icelandic term meaning, “belief in the Gods.”

It is a term to describe the pre-Christian belief system of Northern Europeans.
This video contains Runes, the ideographic alphabet of the Germanic tribes.
The first Rune Stave shown is Othala – which represents ancestral inheritance. This becomes hidden within Berkano – a Stave of birth and rebirth, with connotations of things hidden. Berkano then gives birth to the seed of Ingwaz – a Stave of gestation and internal growth.
With the inspiration of Odin – the Allfather, a call to, “arise!” Then the lightning flashes of Thor, the Thunder God, strikes down the trolls of ignorance, while empowering the awakening gestation within.
This culminates with Sowilo – a Stave of the sun – which also resembles a lightning flash – a double meaning. It breaks open Ingwaz to create the Stave of Jera – the harvest. This is shown over the rising sun, with the Dagaz drawn over it – a Stave of awakening. The Sonnenrad, (Sun wheel) appears as the Algiz Stave is revealed. This also represents awakening and connection with the Holy Powers.