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'Vikings' practice warfare tactics on MUN campus

Some students at Memorial University got a taste of Viking warfare last week, as they tried out Viking-era weapons with a local reenactment group.
Some Memorial University archaeology students got a view into the Viking era when they workshoped Viking-age warfare techniques with members of the Sea-Wolves, a local re-enactment group. 1:05

Some students at Memorial University got a taste of Viking warfare last week, as they tried out Viking-era weapons with a local reenactment group.

The workshop was part of a Norse archeology class, taught by professor Shannon Lewis-Simpson.

"We're trying to learn through doing, and then reflecting on what you've done, so you can actually put sense to things that you're learning in books," said Lewis-Simpson.

"We are part of the Viking world, it's important that we understand that part of our heritage."

Local reenactment group the Sea Wolves showed students Viking-age shields and spears, and taught them defence tactics and raiding techniques.

In keeping with her "learning by doing" mandate, Lewis-Simpson has also taken the class on field trips to learn Viking-era textile production and metalworking techniques. 

"I think it's important in our technological age to get back to what technology would have been in the early medieval period," she said.

"Sometimes we're too far removed from making things and actually using things, so I think it's important to actually see things being used and made."

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