Gender, gender roles and gender perception in the Viking Age are prevailing areas of research, which interest researchers from around the world.
On the 19th, 20th and 21st of August – coinciding with World Pride – we’ll be focusing on gender, gender roles and perceptions of gender in the Viking Age and many surprises await, when you first begin to explore how gender was perceived in the past and the field of research known as ‘gender archaeology’.
More complex than it would initially seem
Within the field of archaeological study, it has been common practice to assign gender based on the artefacts people were buried with. However, recent research and developments in DNA studies have shown that artefacts alone are just one aspect of the story.
This has led to fierce debate about valkyries, theories about chromosome disorders and much more.
Whichever side of the debate you favour, it would nonetheless seem that perhaps the traditional idea that there are only two genders wasn’t written in stone in the Viking Age, and that the definition of what determines a person’s gender wasn’t necessarily based on biology alone.
Hear all about gender, gender roles and the limitations biological gender may – or may not – have imposed on people during the Viking Age.
Pop-up talks beside the longship
You can meet the Museum’s skilled and knowledgeable education and outreach staff on ‘Strandengen’ beside the large longship, Sea Stallion from Glendalough.
Throughout the day, they will hold forth on selected themes from the Viking Age and are also ready and willing to answer questions from the public.
From the 19th – 21st August, there will be a special focus on ‘Gender in the Viking Age’ to coincide with World Pride.
Info on pop-up talks:
Meet our knowledgeable education and outreach staff at ‘Strandengen’ beside the longship, Sea Stallion from Glendalough, every day, where they will present different topics under the heading, ‘Ships, war and royal power’.
Special theme: Gender in the Viking Age 19th – 21st August
19th August: Gender in the Viking Age
20th August: Gender in the Viking Age
21st August: Gender in the Viking Age
Where: Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Vindeboder 12, 4000 Roskilde
Opening hours: Every day, 10:00 – 17:00
Adults: 150,00 DKK
Family (2 adults and children under 18): 280,00 DKK
Under 18: Always free admission
Daily guided tours (up to and including October 2nd):
11.00: Ships of the Vikings, outdoor guided tour on the Museum Island (ENG)
12.30: Join the raid – free family guided tour (DA/ENG)
13:00: Vikingernes skibe - udendørs rundvisning på Museumsøen (DA)
14.00: Join the raid – free family guided tour (DA/ENG)
15.00: Ships of the Vikings, outdoor guided tour on the Museum Island (ENG)