Kirstin Krüger presents the Vikings-project and results; streamed lecture on YouTube
The GeoWednesday seminar entitled 'VIKINGS - Volcanic Eruptions and their Impacts on Climate, Environment, and Viking Society in 500-1250 CE', was presented by Kirstin Krüger for a full audience in The Science Library@UiO, 16. March 2022. She presented exciting multidisciplinary results, and a tree core sample found in the Raknehaugen burial mound showing bad years of growth around the volcanic winter year 536.
VIKINGS - Volcanic Eruptions and their Impacts on Climate, Environment, and Viking Society in 500-1250 CE.
See the recorded GeoWednesday seminar on YouTube.
VIKINGS is a multi-disciplinary project that aims to understand the role of volcanic eruptions and climate change in shaping the early history of Scandinavia. The period 500-1250 Common Era is characterized by societal unrest, Viking expansion, emerging kingship - and large volcanic eruptions evidenced by geochemical markers in natural archives.
The climate variations in Europe, and especially in Scandinavia during this period, are however poorly resolved even on a timescale of centuries. Moreover, available dating of archeological findings from the time period have hardly been interpreted within a framework of climatic and environmental change.
The VIKINGS project seeks to unravel the climate of this intriguing historic period and to address the role of volcanic eruptions impacting environmental and societal changes with a special focus on Southern Norway.