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Uncovering Viking-Age Combat: Strange Science?

Wednesday, February 03, 2021
1:45 pm to 3:30 pm

Register by February 1


Hurstwic, a research organization based in New England, is curious about all things Viking, with a focus on the fighting moves of the Viking-age people. Hurstwic uses the scientific method, combined with layer upon layer of sources and experimentation, to gain new insight into how Viking-age people fought and used their weapons. In this presentation, Dr. William Short discusses Hurstwic’s research into Viking-age combat, and shares some of the surprising results, based on archeological, literary, and pictorial evidence, and new scientific testing.

Linking viking science and WPI!  Also joining us is Dr. Jeffrey L. Forgeng, Higgins Curator of Arms & Armor and Medieval Art at the Worcester Art Museum. Prior to that, he served for nearly 15 years as Paul S. Morgan Curator at the Higgins Armory Museum, and as Adjunct Associate Professor of History at WPI. This cross-appointed position was created in part to develop IQP partnerships between WPI and the Armory, in which capacity he supervised over 200 students in more than 50 projects. Forgeng’s academic specialization is in combat treatises of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, of which he has published a half-dozen editions and translations.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

1:45pm ET           Opening Remarks by WPI Tech Old Timers and Alumni Relations
2:00pm ET           Featured Presentation
3:00pm ET           Guest Social (Optional)
3:30pm ET           Event Concludes

All members of the WPI community are invited to attend this event on Zoom. Event link is included in your registration confirmation email.

This event is hosted by the WPI Tech Old Timers; learn about this organization and view their academic year program schedule here.

Registration Deadline:
Monday, February 1, 2021 11:59 pm
Maureen Maynard, Associate Director for Alumni Relations