'...hold the roots...'
'It is people like you who hold the roots and give back to many who thought they were lost'.
Rhiannon Scharfetter - Vienna, Austria https://myskaldkonur.com/
'I have been suggested to contact you, a Viking specialist, for your competence and sensibility to the problems of those interested in ancient objects'
Antonio Barsotti -, Pisa, Italy.
Antiques Roadshow Viking Age in library of Reuver in the Provence of Limburg in the Netherlands, June 2016.
Welcome to my website!
I am a man from The Netherlands, 52 years of age. Since 2003 I have been collecting artefacts from the Viking Age. Apart from the Viking Age, I have some other artefacts from that era from the Finns-Balts and other tribes, living in Russia/Siberia. A few items from the era of the Normans in England can be found here also. In Artefacts of the Viking Age you can scroll through the artefacts of my private collection. Some artefacts I have published in blogs and will be added later in the Artefacts section.
My aim is to share my collection online, act as a source of information who can always be contacted personally via mail, Facebook (link attached), by telephone or live if you want to meet me and exchange thoughts with me. Advisory and research on Viking Age artefacts isn't a hobby: it is my passion and profession. So, if you have any question about an artefact from the Viking Age you like to require from a dealer, metal detectorist directly, or otherwise like to know more about a specific artefact and/or its use, always feel free to consult me.
In recent years I have expanded my activities via contributing in exhibitions about the Viking Age with free loan giving and writing texts for the exhibitions.
Apart from that I can be hired for giving lectures, or attend in any alternative form on meetings as in recent times I have done on several occasions in per example a cultural cafe, libraries and the State University of Groningen on behalf a student Union. The tariffs for my services can be found here.
I started writing a book on the Vikings, connected to the artefacts within my collection and a broader perspective on the Baltic, Finnic and Finnic-Ugrian peoples and tribes who were living alongside and with these Norsemen during the Viking Age. In depth I am writing about the distinct various Viking art styles to, as well as their hybrid art styles p.e. the Anglo-Scandinavian art style etc. This book, a good way in the undermaking, in the not too far future I will publish via print on demand in Dutch. When demand from outside The Netherlands would become substantial, I am considering translating it in English in future.
Apart from that I am continuing to write articles on Viking Age artefacts, via blogs on this website (link attached), blogs on my Dutch website www.thomaskamphuis.com blogs on www.academia.edu (link to personal page attached) and guest blogs/articles in several media in The Netherlands like the Vind magazine, the Detector magazine (see beneath) and the Stichting Scandinavië Institute (link attached).
A few guest blogs I have also written on a website wich is an initiative of Luit van der Tuuk, curator for museum Dorestad,and me.
We have called it het Vikinglanghuis (the Viking Longhouse) and can be found at: www.vikinglanghuis.nl
The museum Dorestad being closed due to a relocation when re-opening, will kick-off with a major exhibition on the Viking Age , where a good part of my private collection will be exhibited within. Re-opening is, though, still "in the mist" and unclear still is when this will be.
Keep an eye on the Facebook page of the museum Dorestad.
Beneath attached are some impressions of my activities.
Impressions of my Antiques Roadshow Viking Age the Vikingweekend at museum Dorestad
July 1 and 2th 2017.
Lecture at Cultural Café 'Salon Remunj' in Roermond, Limburg, March 2015. (image above and here under).
Viking Age college at the State University of Groningen on behalf of the Scandinavian Society Groningen, April 2016. (image above and here under).
Opening of the exhibition 'The Norsemen were here' , The Norsemen in Asselt, Historiehuis, Roermond, The Netherlands, September 26th 2014.
Some of my artefacts on display during an exhibition in museum Dorestad in Wijk bij Duurstede
Article in Dutch Vind Magazine November 2019
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