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Viking Invasion

Early Medieval experts Darnell Markewitz and Neil Peterson came to campus for several days of workshops and instruction about Viking history and technology. Invited by the College’s own expert in early technology, anthropology professor Bill Schindler, the two visitors delivered a free, public talk titled “Norse America — What Really Happened.”

For the remainder of the week, Markewitz and Peterson focused on the on-campus construction and operation of a Viking-age bloomery kiln and several smaller Viking-age glass bead furnaces. Over the course of two days, Washington College students recreated these technologies entirely from scratch, using the same materials and techniques the Vikings would have used. After the kiln and furnaces were completed, students had the opportunity to actually smelt iron and replicate Viking glass beads.