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How the Vikings Killed Time

Over at Sciencenordic.com, there’s a spiffy article about sports and entertainment among the Vikings:

In a new study, Leszek Gardela uses archaeological findings and careful reading of Viking sagas to describe how Vikings killed time when they were in mood for entertainment.

The archaeologist paints a vivid picture of Viking life, but the familiarity of many of the activities suggests that while Vikings had shorter lives and arguably vented their frustrations in more violent ways than what most people do today, leisure time in the Viking Age was not to different from leisure time in 2012.

The whole thing is well worth reading.

(h/t to Swain Wodening)

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