70 episodes

Sharing the History of The Viking Age, one podcast at a time.

We are covering the History of Scandinavia during the Viking Age. We're exploring Raiding, Trading and Settlement of Scandinavians abroad as well as the culture and society of the Norse homelands.

Join us to learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about the people, for better or worse, history knows as the Vikings.

Viking Age Podcast Lee Accomando

    • History
    • 4.9 • 829 Ratings

Sharing the History of The Viking Age, one podcast at a time.

We are covering the History of Scandinavia during the Viking Age. We're exploring Raiding, Trading and Settlement of Scandinavians abroad as well as the culture and society of the Norse homelands.

Join us to learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about the people, for better or worse, history knows as the Vikings.

    1 - Welcome To The Viking Age

    1 - Welcome To The Viking Age

    Thrilled to announce the first episode of the Viking Age Podcast! In this episode we do an extremely high-level survey of the themes of the Viking Age, including Raids, Settlement, Trading and Life in Scandinavia. We then trace where the podcast is going, and what the aim is. I hope you enjoy.

    • 13 min
    2 - Of Reindeer And (Fisher) Men

    2 - Of Reindeer And (Fisher) Men

    This is the first episode in a series about the history of Scandinavia before the Viking Age. We are starting
    today with the arrival of the first Reindeer Hunters in Southern Scandinavia around 13,000 BCE and culminating in a few weeks with the Germanic Iron Age ending around 700CE.

    This week we will explore the story of the first Scandinavians, and take a look at what their lives were like in the post-glacial landscape of the north. We'll follow them as they colonize the entire Western Coast of Scandinavia and successfully exploit the lands and seas they inhabited as sources of plentiful, varied food stuffs. Life as a Hunter Gatherer in Stone Age Scandinavia was pretty good, and this week will explore why.

    In the process we will look at their settlement patterns, burial practices and heavy reliance upon the sea for both transport and sustinance. These themes will remain of the utmost importance to us well through the Viking Age, and we get to explore them at even this early date.

    • 22 min
    3 - From Foragers to Farmers

    3 - From Foragers to Farmers

    In this episode we explore the transition from Hunting and
    Gathering to Agriculture in Scandinavia. Along the way we encounter
    conflicting hypotheses, meager evidence and a story about Status
    and Reputation.

    The Agricultural revolution has been called the most important
    invention in Human history, so it feels only fair that we spend an
    episode exploring the potential causes in Scandinavia.

    • 21 min
    4 - Ard Times (Come Again No More)

    4 - Ard Times (Come Again No More)

    In this episode we will becovering the period from about 3500 - 2800 BCE, when Agriculturereally took hold in Scandinavia. We will explore what settlementpatterns emerged, how agriculture was practiced and how thenewly-minted Scandinavian farmers formed a relationship with theland they cultivated.
    In the process we will learn about the impact of Polished FlintAxes and the Ard, take a tour of a Stone Age Farmhouse and becomeacquainted with the construction of Megalithic tombs which arestill visible today, almost 6000 years later.
    The farming life was hard duringthis period, and the goal of this episode is to both bring thatstark reality to life. While doing so we will also explore some ofthe ways in which early Farmers adapted to this life, and the waysin which created relationships with their own past as well as theland they worked.

    • 24 min
    5 - A Song of Bronze and Politics

    5 - A Song of Bronze and Politics

    In this episode we are going to explore the Game of Chiefdoms in the Nordic Bronze Age. Specifically look at the growing social and economic stratification which is defining of this age. We will look at how such inequality in wealth and power can develop, how such power can be maintained once achieved and the consequences of this growing inequality on society at large. 

    • 32 min
    6 - The Iron Age

    6 - The Iron Age

    In this episode we are going to do a lightning-tour through the Scandinavian Iron Age - beginning around 500 BCE and ending around 800 CE with the first Viking Raids. This period, spanning over 1000 years, is chocked full of political, technological, economic and cultural change in the North.
    The goal of this episode is to provide a baseline understanding of the period which directly preceded the Viking Age, not for the test, but rather to give you a framework to work from when I start blabbering on about the Iron Age in later episodes.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
829 Ratings

829 Ratings

Samantha Njord ,

Great information

Love learning all that he is sharing!

Chalker2 ,

This is so so good

Just found this podcast and am amazed, so thoroughly researched and informative. Looking forward to listening and learning about Viking history.

Pattheavatar ,

Great work

Lee, your dedication is inspiring. Great podcast.

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