- If you happen to be on the Åland Islands tomorrow, Saturday 14th of June, you should absolutely come to Kvarnbo, to the Viking village, at 12 o’clock noon 🙂 because after two years of hard work, the association called Fornföreningen Fibula is ready to launch their (first) Viking ship and I will speak about Viking Age!
Fibula is all about increasing knowledge about Viking Age on Åland and they are active in reconstructing different constructions from the time in the Viking village, situated just by the road to Kvarnbo; they implement experiments and regularly demonstrate various crafts to public as well as have courses in ancient handicraft for people interested. They also engage in role play and re-enactment. Not to mention their role in the very successful yearly Viking market that has been arranged in Saltvik since year 2000. And starting from April 2012, the members of Fibula have built a Viking ship that has been inspired by the archaeological finds from Valsgärde, Sweden. Well, to be entirely correct, Fibula has built a boat and not a ship, as it is just 10 meters long 😛 and in the maritime archaeology tradition I have been educated in, the kinds of vessels under the discussion that are sized less than 12 meters in length are to be called boats. However, in general, I suppose the question about the difference between a boat and a ship will always remain a hot topic of discussion among people as there are other factors besides the length of the vessel to consider before any labelling.
In any case, the launching of Fibula’s boat will be a really spectacular event as the boat will be carried (!) and hauled (!) and rolled forward on logs (!) about 500 meters from the location where it was built to Kvarnbo bay where the vessel will be launched and given a proper name.
But before the activities connected to the actual launch of the Viking vessel, yours truly will talk about Viking Age in general, about Viking Age in Kvarnbo, but most of all, about the longhouse and other finds in the field north of the church of Kvarnbo. To be honest, I am a bit intimidated as there is no PowerPoint available, or any other technical equipment for that matter, and this will be thus my very first 30 minutes presentation ever without for me a customary possibility to show pictures… Come and witness how it happens! 😀
- However, if you are interested in somewhat longer presentation with loads and loads of lovely pictures and with the possibility to ask me questions, you should absolutely attend the presentation I will have on Tuesday 17th of June. This presentation takes room in the Åland Parliament Building in Mariehamn – Självstyrelsegården – in the auditorium called Sälskär, at 18 o’clock. This presentation will have much more specific focus on my project.
Although there are some parts that are overlapping, these two presentations will still be unlike and, therefore, I say – come to both! And, yes, both presentations will be in Swedish.