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Recreating the food and drink of the Viking Age (and others)

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One of the very common finds from Iron- and Viking age Scandinavia sites are seeds of chenopodium album (fat-hen, lambs quarters, etc.).  The seeds have been found mixed into bread and grain paste, in addition to just being in the ground.  The inclusion may have been accidental, since fat hen grows as a weed in […]

I just recently got ahold of a copy (thanks to the wonders of ILL) of an article called The Porridge Debate: Grain, Nutrition, and Forgotten Food Preparation Techniques1.  I had seen references to it in Sandor Katz’s Wild Fermentation, but hadn’t actually read the article.  In it, the author discusses how changes in grain processing […]

At least twice recently, the question has come up “did the Vikings have cauliflower?”. The short answer is “probably not”. The longer answer involves that fact that it turns out to be quite difficult to distinguish between the various members of the cabbage/mustard family (brassicas) in the archeological record.  Most of the archeo-botanical reports from […]

The kind of plowing rig pictured here From Horse Plowing From Horse Plowing represents the pinnacle of Viking agricultural technology.  Such a setup, with horses (and horse collars) pulling a metal mould board plow, was just be introduced into parts of Denmark at the very end of what we traditionally think of as the Viking […]