The Vikings are coming [back]!

Fascinating story, flagged up in a BBC report. A reconstructed Viking longship, based on one of five deliberately scuttled wrecks found in 1962 at the village of Skuldelev, near Roskilde, Denmark, will set sail on 1st July from Roskilde heading for Dublin.. where dendrochronological analysis showed that the original ship was built around 1042. The longship, named Havhingsten fra Glendalough [the Sea Stallion from Glendalough] has been built by hand using the materials and methods of the original builders, it was completed in 2004 after 4 years work, with some modifications since. There’s an abundance of online material at the BBC and at the dedicated Sea Stallion from Glendalough website – owned and maintained by the Viking Ship Museum – including an interactive map where the progress of the ship, and crew, can be followed. They’re hoping to make Dublin in or around the 14th August and the Sea Stallion is intended to form the centrepiece of a Viking Exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland until June 2008.Photo: Werner Karrasch / The Viking Ship Museum, Denmark