Caryl D. Philips Space Theater
Real People of the Viking Age: Introducing Some of the Residents in the Viking Age Town of Birka, Sweden
Presented by: Archaeological Institute of America’s Forsyth Lecturer, Dr. Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson
The Viking Age is a time of legends, heroes, villains and iconic places. It is easy to forget that it also consisted of real, living people. Through the archaeological material of the burials, we meet some of the inhabitants of the Viking Age town of Birka in Sweden. Their life stories reveal a time of distant travels, new discoveries, trade and technological inventions, but also violence, warfare and disease. What was it like, living in a Viking town? And who were the real people of the Viking Age?
Admission to the presentation is included with regular admission; free for members. Individual planetarium day passes may be purchased the day of the talk for $6.00 per person, and include admission earlier shows during the day. Seating for the talk will be on a first come, first serve basis, but numbered tickets will be available at the Guest Services desk beginning at 3:00 p.m. to ensure that we can accommodate the most attendees.
*Note: This academic presentation is recommended primarily for adults and teens with an interest in history or archaeology. It is not recommended for small children.