Author: Terje Birkedal

Terje G. Birkedal was born in Stavanger, Norway, in 1946. He immigrated to the U.S. as child and grew up in Colorado. After earning a Ph.D. in Anthropology he served as an archeologist with the National Park Service for 36 years. He has conducted fieldwork in Alaska, the American South and Southwest, Canada, the Great Plains, Guam, and Norway. He served five years as President of Sons of Norway Bernt Balchen Lodge in Anchorage, Alaska, and he has always been passionate about Norwegian prehistory, history, and culture.

Viking love

Terje Birkedal uncovers evidence in sagas and poetry that Vikings were fierce warriors whose strong feelings and emotions included love.

A Viking Age set of leg shackles

Of war and woe

Terje Birkedal examines the institution of Viking Age slavery and explores its wider context in the history of the Vikings and the history of slavery.

Egil - Borg

Egil Skallagrímsson

Through the story of Egil Skallagrímsson, Terje Birkedal seeks to expand popular ideas of the Vikings to see them as real humans with thoughts and emotions.

The Viking Way

Terje Birkedal reviews renowned archaeologist Neil Price’s new book, The Viking Way, a heady text but rich with content.

Atlantic Herring

When the fish went away

Terje Birkedal discusses the history of Norway’s boom-and-bust dependence on cod and herring populations over the centuries, affecting both culture and economy.

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Welcome to Bronze Age Scandinavia

In this third installment we look at the ships that made trading and raiding possible Terje Birkedal Laguna Woods, Calif. As we learned in earlier installments in this series (Feb. 8: and April...