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Sandwick Late Norse farm’s ‘cow shaped’ door. Image © Elizabeth Pierce

Thank you to all for attending. Our story will continue – you can visit this page to see our future plans.

We are delighted to welcome you to the homepage of ‘Vikings in Scotland: 20 Years On’. The title refers to 2018 being the 20th anniversary of the publication of Vikings in Scotland: An Archaeological Survey (1998), authored by James Graham-Campbell and Colleen Batey and published by Edinburgh University Press.

The Programme will give you an outline of this major research meeting that was held in Glasgow, with a field trip to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, between Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th of December, 2018.

The organizers are Dr Colleen E. Batey (Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow), Dr Tom Horne (UofG Affiliate Researcher, Archaeology), and Dr Elizabeth Pierce (UofG Affiliate Researcher, Archaeology). Contact can be made via vikingagescotland@gmail.com.

In the 20 years since the publication of Vikings in Scotland, there have been many new discoveries made in Scotland in the field of Viking studies, ranging from the Ardnamurchan boat burial and Galloway Hoard to the identification of Thing sites and Norse place-names in the Western Isles.

This three-day event brought together scholars of archaeology, history, linguistics, place-name studies and the sciences who research the Viking Age in Scotland to discuss new finds and explore the development of wider thematic issues.

When: 5-7 December 2018


Our Keynote – ‘Language, Texts and Diaspora in Scandinavian Scotland’ – was delivered by Professor Judith Jesch (University of Nottingham) in the Early Medieval surroundings of Govan Old Parish Church, home of the Govan Stones.

Civic Reception

Those with tickets for the talks on Thursday and Friday enjoyed a Civic Reception courtesy of The Rt Hon The Lord Provost of Glasgow Councillor Eva Bolander. It was held at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Funders and Sponsors

We are indebted to our funders and sponsors:

Historic Environment Scotland

The Viking Society for Northern Research

Scottish Society for Northern Studies

Glasgow Archaeological Society

Hunter Archaeological and Historical Trust

National Museums Scotland

University of Glasgow Archaeology

University of Glasgow Centre for Scottish & Celtic Studies

The Govan Stones


Glasgow City Council

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