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Exploring Viking Archaeology

Unearth the mystery of the Viking Age through Trent University's Continuing Education course, Exploring Viking Archaeology.

Join course instructor, Dr. Leigh Symonds, on an exciting journey through the archaeology and history of the Vikings and topics related to living in the Viking Age.

Famous for being pirates and warriors, the Vikings were also traders and colonists. From 750 A.D. to 1100 A.D., they were expanding east from Scandinavia into the Baltic and Russia, following silver trade routes along major river systems.

Vikings played an important social role in the development of Russia and Constantinople, acting as the Varangian guard and the protectors of the Emperor. They are most well known historically for their raids on Britain, Ireland and the coast of France, but also played an important political role in the consolidation of England.

The Vikings eventually extended their travels west and were the first Europeans to reach North America at L'Anse Aux Meadows.

Prof. Leigh Symonds has been teaching in the Department of Anthropology at Trent University for two years. Her research over the past decade has focused on the early medieval period in the North Atlantic, exploring the fascinating cultures of this era including the Vikings, the Anglo Saxons, and the Celts.

The course runs on Monday nights for six weeks, November 7 to December 12 from 7-9 p.m. The course fee is $139. Staff, faculty, students, seniors and alumni are all eligible for the discounted course fee of $125.

For more information, or to register, contact Trent University Continuing Education, 748-1229 or visit

Posted November 1, 2005


































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