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Viking Age Women – Connecting Ireland and Norway

11 November, 2023 09:15 - 13:30


We are thrilled to host the Viking Age Women – Connecting Ireland and Norway seminar on the 11 November.

This is a free event but pre-booking is required. Spaces are filling up fast. Pre-book your place here.

Speaker Biographies

John Kavanagh: John Kavanagh of Icon Archaeology Ltd has been actively working in commercial archaeology sector for close to 30 years and has directed a wide variety of excavations for both the public and private sectors since 2003. One of the highlights of his archaeological career was the discovery of the Finglas Viking Burial in the Summer of 2004.

Mari Arentz Østmo: Mari Arentz Østmo is a postdoctoral fellow in archaeology at the University of Oslo. She has a background from both rescue archaeology and research excavations including Viking Age sites such as the Viking cemetery at Gulli and the elite settlement at Avaldsnes, both in Norway. Her Phd combines studies of Avaldsnes and burials containing female dress accessories located in the surrounding landscapes. Recurring fields of interest include complex social identities, social memory and socio-political structure of the first millennium CE in Norway.

Håkon Reiersen: Håkon Reiersen is an Associate Professor in archaeology at the Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger. His research mainly concerns centres of power in western Norway in the first millennium AD. Currently, Reiersen is leading a research project on three ship burials found near the royal site of Avaldsnes in the Rogaland region. New excavations and material studies reveal new knowledge of the earliest ship burials in Scandinavia, at the time of the first reported Viking attacks in the British Isles.

Griffin Murray: Dr Griffin Murray is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at University College Cork and is a specialist in Irish early medieval fine metalwork (AD 400 – 1200). He is the author of The Cross of Cong: A Masterpiece of Medieval Irish Art (2014) and of St Manchan’s shrine: Art and Devotion in Twelfth-Century Ireland (with K. O’Dwyer, 2022) and co-edited the book Urnes Stave Church and its Global Romanesque Connections (with Ambrose & Syrstad Andas, 2021).

Kristin Armstrong-Oma: Kristin Armstrong-Oma is a professor of archaeology at the Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger. She received her doctorate from the University of Southampton and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo. Her research is focused on the intersection between archaeology, human-animal studies, theory and feminism. Her main research field is human-animal relationships in past societies, particularly in the European Bronze Age and Iron Age of Scandinavia. Her work on theorising human-animal relations in prehistory, particularly the use of space in domestic settings, human-horse relations, domestication and herding practices is widely published.

Ann Zanette Tsigaridas Glørstad: Zanette Tsigaridas Glørstad is associate professor in archaeology at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, and adjunct professor at the Archaeological museum, University of Stavanger. She specialises in Viking Age Scandinavia (750-1050 AD), with a focus on cultural and political interaction between Scandinavia, and Britain and Ireland. She has organised a large number of archaeological excavations, and conducted in-depth studies on the development and use of Viking Age jewellery in Norway. Her interests also include current uses and narratives of the Viking Age.


11 November, 2023
09:15 - 13:30
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