I am Cultural Engagement Fellow with the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at the University of Nottingham. Prior to this, I was the IRC ‘New Horizons’ post-doctoral researcher at University College Cork on The World-Tree Project, a community collection initiative that produced a digital multimedia archive of resources for the teaching and study of the Vikings.

I was formerly an archaeologist for twenty years, and have worked more recently as a historical consultant while completing my PhD: Berserkir: A re-examination of the phenomenon in literature and life. I also have a BA in Scandinavian Studies, specialising in Norwegian language, literature and culture, and an MA in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies. My work has included advising various authors about Vikings for their books, most recently the English language translation of Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga manga, and I currently have a book in print called Vikings: Raids. Culture. Legacy which I wrote with my friend and colleague Dr Marjolein Stern.


One Response to About

  1. Melda Malek says:

    Would any of your other jobs include teaching English, History and Latin at a now defunct school in Newbiggin-by-the-sea?

    If yes, I think you were my teacher. How many Ruarigh Dales can there be in the world who’s an archeologist, loves horses and an expert in anything Viking?!

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